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