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Hummingbird

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Mural, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


 
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the hummingbird feast—
taking a risk as they thrum
toward the feeding place
 
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Hummingbirds at work—
one minute they have courage,
the next their hearts fail.
 
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written on a wall—
letters to a hummingbird
and the chill north wind
 
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a trip through traffic
to reach the secret place called
hummingbird heaven
 
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If the hummingbirds
urge you to share in their feast,
what does it matter?
 
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a liter of milk
brought to the hummingbird feast
and laced with sugar
 
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Two hummingbirds watch
as I link my arm in yours—
they call us lovebirds.

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Tanka-esque

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Of this week’s dozen words I have used: chill, rattle, cry, plaster, drum, chill
 


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wrapped in a straw mat—
three smooth stones from the river
ripe with autumn’s chill
an axe to split them open
for sucking out the marrow
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Startled by the cry
of a ripening cherry,
the old man stumbles,
breaking his arm’s plaster cast
into a thousand pieces.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
the rain is over
for seven years and a day
empty husks rattle—
little playthings of the wind
drumming up more misery

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 211

Savoring

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Sundown on a chilly January day, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


first month of the year
savoring soup at sundown
to ward off the chill

 
Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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