Poet's Showcase

Sunday, February 8, 2004

In the Midst of Winter's Whiteness
By Raymond D. Souza

In the midst of winter
and far from spring
when life seeks shelter
from the swirling cold,

a black-capped chickadee
darts and sings
its way to a morsel
on the snow

Into a pine tree
it joyfully flits
like a bandit
bearing treasure,

an ounce of energy
and glee
in the bounty
of cold's measure.

Black beak, black seed,
and black-capped head,
boastful, festive
sliver of life,

in the midst
of winter's whiteness,
pale, gray evenings
and icy strife.

-- Souza lives in Lawrence. Poet's Showcase features work by area poets. Submit your poetry via e-mail with a subject line of Poet's Showcase to mpaget@ljworld.com or send typewritten (not handwritten) submissions to Mindie Paget, 645 N.H., Lawrence 66044, attn: Poet's Showcase. Teen writers should submit their work to the 18 & Under page at teens@ljworld.com.