Winter Feeding
by Martha Christina

My aunt
hangs suet
in the shade
to keep it fresh
and tempting.
She knows
which birds
cracked corn,
which eat only
thistle seed.
She keeps
five feeders
filled and
free of ice.
All this
for a bit
of company.
“It’s lonely
without him,”
she writes,
her delicate script
like bird tracks on snow.


Martha Christina is a frequent contributor to Brevities: A Mini-
Mag of Minimalist Poems
. Other short work appears in recent
issues of
Four and Twenty, and her longer poems appear or are
forthcoming in the
Aurorean, Avocet, Common Ground Review,
The Orange Room Review, and Verse Wisconsin.

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Apple Valley Review:
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Volume 7, Number 1
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