Fat Sparrows

the fattest sparrows I have seen
live in Central Park
hedged among the evergreens
from whence they disembark
to feast upon the morsels spurned
by diners on the go
their taste buds now quite discerned
to Subways and Quiznos.
Tribes of chubby little braves
wait next to rubbish bins
attentive to the passing trade
of what may be found within
watching lovers promenade
their bagels hand in hand
and doughnuts do they serenade
this full thick feathered band.
Upper East Side dowagers
are courted for the fayre
the gilded stately benefactors
out to take the air
may stop and throw the sweetest crumbs
thinking it such a lark
to feed the sparrows with expanding tums
that live in Central Park

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