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Still, I wait.
Alone, In silence.
Listening for your whispering wings,
hoping I will hear them sing.

At last you motor past,
and briefly pause-
checking to see that you are safe,
rapidly fanning the ambience,
filling the surround with vortices
that suspend you statuesque,
without a fainéant feather.
I know you see me,
those dark eyes opened wide,
never blink.
Yet, you are unafraid.
Or, maybe hunger rules your reason,
checking flowers of the season.
You hover slightly back,
and then decide
to probe the flower for what’s inside.
Sweet nectar…Elixir of life.
You lap a little as hummingbirds do,
and then you stab another two.
Then, purr closely past my face,
Darting to another place
having had your tiny taste.

Now retire to who knows where.
A bird must have a nest somewhere.
You’ve earned a respite for your wing.
Next time, maybe, will you sing? 

Copyright © Ray Dillard

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  1. Date: 5/1/2013 3:08:00 PM
    this is very pretty.~SKAT

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 8:51:00 AM
    This is quite lovely. You were very thorough in explaining each detail and quality that those little birds seem to possess. They can really be quite hypnotic when you're sitting on a porch just staring at all the nature. Very well penned!

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 5:57:00 AM
    I like this one.Very nice to be imbued with nature

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 1:25:00 PM
    This is as good a description of those fascinating birds as the Seals and Crofts hit song of 1972. Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 9:44:00 PM
    RAY, ;-) CONGRATULATIONS with your awesome free verse poem, in Catie's contest....good night , LINDA

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 8:38:00 PM
    Interesting. I like 'rapidly fanning the ambience'. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 8:37:00 PM
    Oh Ray.....I think this is among your best poems that I have read. You are truly a gifted writer! This is a classic. !

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 6:59:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 2:10:00 PM
    Ray, i don't believe we've met, but I shall have to set aside some time to go through the rest of your poems. Congratulations on your win in my free verse contest. Hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 3/1/2013 12:27:00 AM
    ahhh, that would be so cute to hear a hummingbird sing. Maybe they would sound like that guy who sang tiptoe through the tulips? haha. I really enjoyed this cute poem!!

    Dillard Avatar Ray Dillard
    Date: 3/1/2013 8:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea, the males do sing, but sadly, I have never heard one that I know of. It must be like catching a Leprechaun. Only a richer experience. Thanks for spending time with me today. RAY
  1. Date: 2/28/2013 10:29:00 AM
    What a thoughtful picture you paint Ray and having been close to hummingbirds, they are exactly as you so artfully describe!

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 2:04:00 PM
    I enjoyed your verse this afternoon. Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 12:29:00 PM
    Pleasant, light, beautiful!!! Terry

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 10:02:00 PM
    This is a wonderful write, I really enjoyed reading it this evening! What a fabulous poem, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 7:53:00 PM
    Ray, this is a very beautiful and flattering poem. my mind flutters with the light image above. Somehow this is the kind sweetness one need to approach when offering the kindest gesture. shh! in silence there is a song playing. thank you for this wonderful poem. It has been an honor. always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 7:44:00 PM
    a wonderful write Ray....such beautiful birds

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 3:25:00 PM
    What a beautiful poem you have penned here today. I have enjoyed it very much., Thanks for sharing. Lucilla