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Balance

feeder swings back and forth in wind, censer dispensing

food for the stomach, not soul, and a pair of birds—

finch and sparrow—ride easily as they eat, cloud of hulls

dispersed in air, spun to dust on the ground. when one

bird rises and flies, the negligible weight of the remaining

sparrow tilts the feeder askew. [End Page 85]

Tracy Youngblom
Coon Rapids, Minnesota