A Teaching Moment for Little Nora

Little Nora and Grandpa Bill
sit on swings in Grandma’s garden.
A hummingbird arrives to sample

the brilliant flowers at this buffet.
Grandpa Bill sees a teaching moment
and asks little Nora with a smile

if hummingbirds have beaks or bills.
Little Nora has a teaching moment,
says, “Grandpa, they have straws.”

By Donal Mahoney

ruby-throated hummingbird at a flower

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 Steve Byland

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