Some sparrows prefer
downtown streets to parks
or neighborhood yards. 

They peck at grit trodden by
rich & poor, bankers & poets,
professors & students. 

These feathered mavericks
follow their plan with such flow
we hardly ever notice their
small presence on a building’s
eaves, in alleys, near parking
meters, among the homeless. 
Similar stories: both
surviving unnoticed & on 
so little. 

Claire J. Baker is a dedicated poet and a self-appointed peace activist.