Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

 

Baby Birds

 

Before they grow feathers,

their abdomens are swollen,

skin so tissue-thin

their red hearts,

green intestines

and yellow stomachs

shine through.

They look like

colored hard candies.

Weasels love them.

 

 

Carolyn Gelland has published two collections of poems: Dream-Shuttle (2013) and Four-Alarm House (2012).  Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Rosebud, The Anglican Theological Review, The Bitter Oleander, Christianity and Literature, and many other journals. She lives in Maine.