• Jean Linville

the gift of the hummingbird


May 26 - 30 Week 8/72


as the sun slips up into the sky

night shadows are chased down the hill

a muskrat glides into view in the early dawn

then disappears between grey-tinged

hummocks of grass sprinkled around

the irregular shore of the lake


the morning finds me wrapped in a fog

formed by warm, moist air flowing

over the still chilled waters

condensing and enveloping all

in thin veiled sheets of gray


forms dissolve and reemerge

with a shifting breeze and sounds

reverberate as if in a deep chamber

the low hum of hummingbird wings

amplified revealing a female carrying

a tidbit of lichen to garnish her nest



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