Welcome the Hummingbird

Hummingbird in Tree
The coral honeysuckle
cut down late this year
sprouts new tendrils
showing fierce resistance
to death.
Bare brown twigs
will grow to green. Soon
rust red flowers,
just a touch of saffron on edges,
bloom to beckon the hummingbirds
who will come darting in
at dizzying speeds
to drink the sweet nectar,
giving delight just to watch them
about their important mission
in ecology.

One of the lovelier events
nature does offer.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

This poem is for the napowrimo prompt #22, a wordle Visit the post to see the details of this prompt. The words I used are: saffron, rust, tendril, fierce, dizzy.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

10 thoughts on “Welcome the Hummingbird

  1. Lovely imagery, Shari, and it matches perfectly with the photo. I just saw my first hummingbird of the season yesterday– aren't they amazing! Great poem for Earth Day!

  2. Hi Matt:
    I'm glad you like it. Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts.
    Shari

  3. Hi Cara:
    I'm glad you liked it. They really are amazing to watch and even harder to photograph. I managed to catch this one with my less-than-perfect camera only because I just kept snapping. Thanks for sharing your response. It seems we both got good stuff out of this prompt.
    Shari

  4. Wow, that's even more amazing that you took this photo yourself! I was wondering because it matched so perfectly with the poem, but I could never imagine photographing a hummingbird. It's hard enough even to catch a glimpse of one! Do you feed them, or do they come naturally to your garden?

  5. We have no feeders at all. They actually come to that coral honeysuckle that grows right outside the front door. And there's another flowering plant in the back yard they like, but not as much. When they swarm it's really breathtaking, and a little unsettling when they whiz past my ears. I'm hoping the honeysuckle grows fast enough to get their attention this year.

  6. Hi Matt:
    I'm glad you like it. Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts.
    Shari

  7. Hi Cara:
    I'm glad you liked it. They really are amazing to watch and even harder to photograph. I managed to catch this one with my less-than-perfect camera only because I just kept snapping. Thanks for sharing your response. It seems we both got good stuff out of this prompt.
    Shari

  8. Wow, that's even more amazing that you took this photo yourself! I was wondering because it matched so perfectly with the poem, but I could never imagine photographing a hummingbird. It's hard enough even to catch a glimpse of one! Do you feed them, or do they come naturally to your garden?

  9. We have no feeders at all. They actually come to that coral honeysuckle that grows right outside the front door. And there's another flowering plant in the back yard they like, but not as much. When they swarm it's really breathtaking, and a little unsettling when they whiz past my ears. I'm hoping the honeysuckle grows fast enough to get their attention this year.

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