Katherine Fallon


The robin dropped her hatched shells
some distance from the nest and you squinted

into the wrong tangled strap of trees,
just as she intended. The blue husks, meniscus-

thin, broke apart in your disused hands. Then—
buoyant as weed seed, tender as the shells'

fragile, dappled displacement—love, or what
looked like love, also came drifting.

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Katherine Fallon is the author of The Toothmakers' Daughters (Finishing Line Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Colorado Review, Juked, Meridian, Foundry, and Best New Poets 2019, among others. She shares domestic square footage with two cats and her favorite human, who helps her zip her dresses. Instagram @ghostelephants