Guard it in a cage of fingers.
Warm it with your breath.
Fold its wings.
Carry it through the day in a box.
Let it sleep.

Watch it gasp for air
with shoulders raised.
Caress it and then close the box.

Tomorrow it will be colder
smooth out all goose bumps with a kiss
wake it with a breath and carry it along

 

Translated by Willem Groenewegen