Hummingbird Country

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Barrel cactus fruit, Yuma Conservation Garden, Yuma, Arizona


We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.
Like tiny creatures
flitting here and sipping there,
we scan the sky.
Storm clouds hang heavy in the west,
where thunder is heard.
Can anything good come from thunder
or the burden that both of us bear?
You compare your pain to mine
to see whose is greater.
You say that the doctor’s poking
and prodding was not proper,
because it stirred up something inside you—
a storm that may destroy you.
But aren’t we stronger than storms?
We live in hummingbird country.
We know how to survive.


Poem and photo © 2017 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on February 5, 2017, in Arizona, cactus, Macro Monday 2, poetry, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig, Yuma Conservation Garden and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. So poignant..can anything good come from thunder or the burden both of us bear… such deep, heartbreaking lines.

  2. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    May the surviving become easier – lighter like the hummingbirds.

  3. It’s saddening but to know how to survive must come in handy. Because that’s the only thing that helps us keep going.
    Pain just can’t be compared. We experience it in our own ways and that makes it equally hard for all of us.
    Well-penned. 🙂

  4. We live in hummingbird country.
    We know how to survive.

    The beauty of having a rigorous environment in the countryside a blessing and a privilege the city folks lack!


  5. Think of thunder as a purge to clean away the detritus. Loved it.

  6. So very tenderly written.. I hope life becomes easier…!

  7. Think of thunder as a round of applause for your survival skills! Excellent

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  8. Hoping that we all will continue to be stronger than storms. We have to keep resisting in order to survive.

  9. Hopefully we are stronger than the storms.

  10. The symbolism of the hummingbird is strong, always seeking the sweet nectar in life even during difficulty.

  11. That is the goal, to become stronger from surviving the storms of life that we all experience.

  12. I love this poem. Especially its closing lines.

  13. Striking symbolism, determined and hopeful.

  14. i appreciate anyone who can derive lessons from nature. thanks

  15. Yes…pain is pain is a pain everywhere but humming bird people have the edged in the survival stakes. All that doing it tough has to be worth something.

  16. I’m with Mary. We need to look at the storm for what it is, and act accordingly–resist what we can, ride what we cannot (until we can).

  17. Survival instincts….knowing when to flit away and when to stop and sip….and sometimes having something stirred within us triggers us to know when to stay and fight, too 😉 This is gorgeous and profoundly meaningful on so many levels. Also, what an interesting photo….I had never seen barrel cactus fruit before.

  18. When one is facing physical turmoil I am sure that one feels as small and vulnerable as hummingbirds look. In reality hummers are tough as nails.

  19. Very fine Hummingbird/other (human?) parallel, unexpected for me and therefore lovelier! Poking and prodding, if like a little one–evade, stun still, fly away, survive. Gosh.

  20. I wonder what a hummingbird thinks about our survival? I hope he/she is optimistic.

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