Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hummingbird in yellow





On lush greens and yellows
I perch on a branch
filled with nectar & insects 

Flowers bloom in summer sun 
from my wandering bill,
as wings beat rapidly in the air      

Racing heartbeats,
I fly backward and forward 
like spider weaving silken magic

Until tiredness weighs like stones,   

I rest, 
tiny gardener in 
land of giants





Posted for Poetry Jam - We are to write from the point of view of an animal--any animal but a human.   Well I received this painting of the hummingbird in the mail today from Kim Nelson, so I wanted to write and express my thanks for a wonderful painting.   Thanks Kim ~
and Flash Fiction Friday 55 -  A post in 55 words for the G-man.


Hummingbirds do not spend all day flying, as the energy cost would be prohibitive; the majority of their activity consists simply of sitting or perching. Hummingbirds feed in many small meals, consuming many small invertebrates and up to twelve times their own body weight in nectar each day. They spend an average of 10–15% of their time feeding and 75–80% sitting and digesting.

38 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Grace! You have really gotten inside the fast-beating heart of the little hummingbird! What a lovely gesture to write this poem about the gift from Kim!

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    1. Thanks Mary ~ The painting is an inspiration ~ I must have it framed soonest ~

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  2. Grace, what a wonderful poem! And wow, nice painting by Kim too! Excellent analogy of the flying back and forth like a spider weaving!
    I love the facts afterwards, too--just wrote a poem about my bird-watching parents :-)

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    1. Yes, I read that too ~ Thanks SaraV ~

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  3. Got inside their head and hummed away a verse, great painting too and some Humming bird facts to boot!

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  4. In a land of Giants. 80% sitting!? I'd love to come across that! They always dart about... so quick and fast, almost before you realize they are there, they are gone.

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    1. I haven't seen hummingbirds here but they are so small really ~ Thanks Margaret ~

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    2. Back for "55" Still love "the land of Giants". Hey, if you are interested, here is the formula for a "direct link".

      LINK TEXT TITLE

      If you have any questions, let me know. The only space is after the <a The url is YOUR copied link and LINK TEXT TITLE is the name of your poem.

      You may not be interested, but I thought I would give you this FYI :)

      Hey... also, WHEN is our collaboration poem due... ? I want to be sure to get it back to you and allow enough time for you to make any changes.

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    3. Ha.. it actually linked. HA! I will send it in an email.

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  5. tiny gardener in the land of giants...i love hummingbirds...they play off our back deck...and they are the only bird that can go backward....they are very cool to watch....nice grace...

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  6. Grace this was my favorite post of yours yet - I love hummingbirds and I love the first person, er, first bird, approach :)

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  7. The story of a hummingbird ... well done !!!

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  8. Beautifully done Grace! And wonderful painting by Kim! Quite lovely all around.

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  9. Wonderful poem-glad to be educated about hummingbirds as I didn't know anything about them. Thanks for this :)

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  10. Lovely! And such an apt painting too. The last stanza is ever so beautiful.

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  11. I enjoyed this ... my neighbors and I (eleven town homes in a row) have hummingbird feeders positioned on our upper decks .. it's fascinating and quite delightful to watch our little visitors.

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  12. You created something beautiful in response to my work. We make a good team. Thank you, Sweet Grace!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely inspiration ~

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  13. That is exactly right! I didn't know they carried seeds, so thank you for that info, and bless you for putin their fleeting images into permanent words.

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  14. Beautiful tribute to a wonderful bird and to a beautiful painting by Kim! I enjoyed the extra information you added about their habits. We have them often in our garden and they do spend a lot of time sitting--and a lot of time protecting their territories! They are aggressive little birds!

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  15. What a beautiful painting and lovely poem. I enjoyed reading more about hummingbirds, such pretty birds :)

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  16. I loved this view of life through a hummer's eyes. Soon they will be buzz-bombing our porches again. What a gorgeous painting Kim did! A double treat in here today.

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  17. It's a lovely a bird. I liked this poem very much. You did the bird justice.

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  18. Absolutely lovely ! Blessings, Deborah

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  19. They are amazing to watch aren't they. I can see their world so clearly in your writing. Beautiful.

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  20. Lovely. And educational. Thank you.

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  21. You are so right. And when they finally DO get tired enough to perch, they are so exhausted you can touch them! They are a pleasure to behold, just like YOU Grace. You are so poetically eloquent that it's spooky!
    Loved your aviary 55
    Fantastic piece of writing Young Lady, thanks for sharing it with the Friday Funfest.
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End

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  22. "tiny gardener in land of giants"...
    I love it!

    Well done.

    Thanks for doing Friday 55!
    Mine's here. :)


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  23. Beautiful painting and vivid words to go along with it!

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  24. Superb final verse. Does the humming bird justice - and I can't say more than that!

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  25. This was fantastic and made me long for the warmth of Spring!

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  26. Wonderful! You've captured the hummingbird perfectly! That is a lovely painting.

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  27. i'm sure Kim was honored by your poem to accompany her beautiful painting. i love hummingbirds!

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