feeding pigeons

the boy coaxing pigeons

at the park does not budge.

he valiantly holds a small wedge

of crusty bread from a family picnic —

his slender arm outstretched.

the pigeons brazenly convene

to feed, forming what looks to be

a hem encircling the boy’s feet.

the boy is resolute yet visibly immobilized,

as if standing in a ring of fire.

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