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Winter Juncos
Ken Hada


Their wings flutter
for scattered seed.

Evening glows soft
on their shoulders.

They rest a bit,
then flit away

to cedar limbs
in brumal dark.

From Contour Feathers (Turning Plow Press, 2021),
Used here with permission.

Ken Hada is a professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and hosts a weekly podcast, "The Sunday Poems." Author of ten books, the latest being Come Before Winter, his 2021 book, Contour Feathers, received the Oklahoma book Award. Ken's work has also received awards from Western Writers of America and the National Western Heritage Museum. Raised in the rural Ozarks, he enjoys hiking, flyfishing, and kayaking. Learn more about Ken at



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A nicely captured winter scene!
Posted 01/07/2022 04:35 PM
Lori Levy:
Posted 01/07/2022 02:53 PM
Lovely, succinct description of a scene in nature
Posted 01/07/2022 10:16 AM
Ah, brevity. Plus, I learned a new word.
Posted 01/07/2022 10:10 AM
Posted 01/07/2022 09:51 AM
Well said, Ken.
Posted 01/07/2022 09:14 AM
I love the two-line sentences.
Posted 01/07/2022 09:05 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Nice description and alliteration in sparse poem.
Posted 01/07/2022 08:10 AM
Lovely winter scene!
Posted 01/07/2022 06:27 AM

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