An Owner's Manual

Nikolina Lazetic

instructions on who am I, this you. you OK, dungeon – undo?


invent a winged
presence in an aquarium, black
-bird flying backwards:

admit the heart to a heart
-less flower.

tire out love: swing
the pendulum of absence from one
to another wing-ajar,

out-love time, press
one ear against the door of a stranded

promise to keep a pet
bird of prey,

                            keep a promise
to adore more than the black lace
mourning dress: