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