I heard a hummingbird hurrying.

She wore a glittery cloak

Leaving little gleams behind her;

Too busy to chat.


The song she trilled

Sounded decidedly thrilled!

The red thing hanging there

Was the prize.


Hovering. Hovering there.

She hadn’t quite decided

If the perfect time had come

To slurp at the sugary joint.


But then!

By Jove, she lit into the place

With the speed of a cheetah

But dressed for the ball.


When she rested there

On the rim to eat

The stillness was so deep..

I stopped breathing.


As she lifted into flight

Veering impossibly left

I found myself

Jealous of her strong heart.


– CA 2014


2 Responses to “Hummingbird”

  1. Barbara on May 15th, 2014

    Beautiful! Am house sitting with 5 dogs in Geneva, Switzerland. Woke up to the sound of many birds singing and chatting in the beautiful garden, so your words fitted in perfectly this morning.

  2. Jenny on May 20th, 2014

    I saw a native bird called Kereru in our holly tree at the weekend . It is a lovely heavy bird with a perfectly white apron and green wings and body. She appeared for the first time that I know of and ate the bright red berries and looked so wonderful. There is a YouTube hit of a bunny eating raspberries but this and the hummingbird are the best. (PS Autumn here in NZ,) love jenny

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