The Yellow Bird

one should not be
too careless with love

when the yellow bird perches
on finger tip, do not flick
it away; do not be crass

thank it for coming
ask it to stay

birds flutter and fly
they shift and peddle

small jerks and shifting eyes
they are not meant to keep still

but let it stay
as long as it likes

and allow it the sky
when it chooses to take wing