Chick

The little chick

Sweet and small

Dusky yellow

Jumping around in the classroom

.

Everyday

Spent watching it

As it flaps its tiny wings

Ruffling the fuzz

.

Holding it

Soft and warm

Wishing to never let go

.

The chick grows older

Getting its first feathers

While everyone

Who watched before

Loses interest

It’s no longer yellow

Or small

They go back to the sandbox

The joy worn off

.

Watching the chick

Alone now

As the teacher

Picks it up

In a crate

Taking it

Who knows where

.

Never seeing it again

Yet always

Remembering

That small yellow head

And soft heartbeat

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