Keep it short,
make it small
enough to fit
like a bit of cotton
sewn onto your heart.

Make it strong
its simple shape
rectangular or square,
straightforward
like a handshake.

Let it hold
the little things
you might discard
if you didn't have a poem
to put them into.

Greetings, seashells,
ribbon or string,
indefinite articles,
earrings, paper clips,
small, scarcely noticeable, change.