Adult Bald Eagle flying above downtown St. Paul and over the Mississippi River (Photo: Derek Bakken/Flickr CC)

On the south shoreline
of the Mississippi
in Saint Paul
one black eagle
breaks the tree line
pins down two o’clock
on the last day
of an encroaching decade
drops down like New Year’s ball
scatters river gulls
like rough confetti
over cobalt

Eagle photo courtesy of Derek Bakken. Browse Derek’s photostream on Flickr.

Donna Isaac is a poet and teacher who has published a poetry book, Footfalls (Pocahontas Press), and two chapbooks, Tommy (Red Dragonfly Press) and Holy Comforter (Red Bird Chapbooks). Her poetry appears in various literary magazines. She works as a teaching artist throughout the Twin Cities and helps organize community poetry readings. Find out more at

Posted in: Poetry
Tagged: 2011, Featured