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Teach me. Show me how to entice birds, the way you do it. Demonstrate camouflage, decoy in the mountain laurel. Instruct me, I want to hear them coo. I want to keep them alive in my pocket. Soft beaked. Illustrate for me how to ambush, damage their insides without ruffling an outside perfect feather. Teach me how to stun them, to permanently muffle their songs. How to never let them see me coming.

Helen Vitoria lives and writes in Effort, PA. Her work can be found and is forthcoming in many online and print journals including: elimae, PANK, Mud Luscious Press, kill author, Commonline, Poets & Artists Magazine and Dark Sky Magazine. Her chapbooks The Sights & Sounds of Arctic Birds and Random Cartography Notes are both available as e-chaps from Gold Wake Press, 2011. She has been thrice nominated for Best New Poets Anthology 2010. She is completing her first full length collection: Corn Exchange, with an expected release Fall, 2011. Find her here.