first, you breathe.
then, gently, take stock of your wounds, your fever,
whatever is not well.
if you’ve been in shock, shake it off,
violently, with every muscle in your body,
don’t give it purchase to haunt you,
let it go entirely, now. it’s over.
next, find a warm, quiet, safe place,
near water, and
rest. as long as it takes.
2. healing others:
fend off the danger, get the obstacles
to the other’s self-healing out of the way.
bring fresh food and warm liquids.
let the other know you’re there, close by,
and sing your empathy and love.
no more, no less than that.