On A Winter Sunday

A titan triumphs over a hawk.
A tiger is smothered by cheese.
An Indian chief is electrocuted.

A native escapes the wrath of a pirate.
A bear rips through a steel cage.
A cat bats down a bird with its oversized paw.

A cowboy takes a nap until the next rodeo.
A plane flies over a violent sea.
Freedom towers over a giant.

Coaches celebrate.
Coaches console.
A family sits down to pray before dinner,

while citizens judge those
who bend a knee
against those who don’t.

Shawn Aveningo Sanders is a globally published, award-winning poet whose work has appeared in over 100 literary journals and anthologies. She’s a Pushcart nominee (2015), Best of the Net nominee (2017), co-founder of The Poetry Box®, managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon®, and was named Best Female Poet-Performer in Sacramento News & Review Reader Poll (2009). Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Read other articles by Shawn.