by Don Kimball
A flock of robins
pecking at rotting apples.
Where is the blue jay?
The softness of a cardinal’s feather;
the stolid stare of a lifeless hare;
the pallid pose of a wilted petal;
death never looked so commonplace
as through the eyes of a dying bird.
Don Kimball is the author of two chapbooks, Journal of a Flatlander (Finishing Line Press 2009) and Skipping Stones (Pudding House Publications 2008). His poetry has appeared in The Formalist, The Lyric, The Blue Unicorn, and various other journals and anthologies. In 2007, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; in 2009, he was nominated for the Pen New England Literary Award; and he has won two first prizes and a second prize in national contests sponsored by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Don is a board member on the NH Poetry Society, and currently hosts the monthly poetry reading series at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH.
Eric Poor is a retired journalist, reporting most recently for the award-winning newspaper The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. He won numerous writing and photography awards from The New Hampshire Press Association (NHPA). He was twice named Columnist of the Year by the NHPA. An avid sportsman, he has been an outdoor columnist for 20 years for Hawkeye, New Hampshire’s outdoor sports newspaper.