Care of Small Poems by Courtney Bates-Hardy

Poem title: Care of Small Poems Poet name: Courtney Bates-Hardy Poem: Wash the earth, let it run rust with ink, then clear. Palpate for pebbles embedded, remove with tweezers. Bandage slowly, align the edges evenly, press gently. Make it invisible, ignore the itch to probe further. Keep it cool and dry: forget, then let it breathe. Soon, you are remade: one line across your skin. End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Courtney Bates-Hardy Courtney Bates-Hardy is the author of House of Mystery (2016) and a chapbook titled Sea Foam (2013). Her poems have appeared in Room, This Magazine, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, among others. She lives in Regina with her husband and their cat.