A Winter Buffet


A bright winter day
and not a leaf left
on this skeleton

tree teeming
with sparrows
chirping and hopping

branch to branch
waiting for the feeder
to be free of cardinals

juncos and jays
bickering for seed
while on the ground

four doves
stroll in silence
feasting on spilled

seed near the tree
where a fat squirrel
sits with tail high

in a question mark
ready to dive
and scatter them all

By Donal Mahoney

sparrows sitting on frosty winter branches


Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, MO. He has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press and Washington University in St. Louis. Read more of his poems in Eye on Life Magazine here.

Photo by Vitalii Shcherbyna

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