Hieroglyphics in the Snow


Underneath the feeder
black juncos write
hieroglyphics in the snow.

Two cardinals arrive
In a flash of red. They add
a message of their own.

Over the fence comes Tom,
an old calico. In seconds
he erases everything.

By Donal Mahoney


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.

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