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sullen stump sitter
sitting eyeballs shut,
but cracked a leery slit
to peer at peering human--
wild-eyed mama thrusting
tidbit of raw chicken
at the tip of a chopstick.
Has it come to this--
brazen flight from nest
ending with little death
pecking desultory at poultry.
But suddenly death
recollecting its mortal mission
through stunted pines
gliding beyond the range
of mothers, crazed or kind,
to become once more
Richard Schiffman is a writer based in New York, and a former journalist for
National Public Radio. He is the author of two biographies: Mother of All, and Sri
Ramakrishna, A Prophet For the New Age. His poems have appeared or are upcoming in
Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry East, The North American Review, Southern Poetry
Review, 32 Poems, Rattle, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The New York Times and many
other journals. His “Spiritual Poetry Portal” can be found at:
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