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The Hummingbird: A poem

Updated on August 1, 2012

Hummingbird Photo

With feathers looking irridescent
With feathers looking irridescent | Source

After reading this poem it will be obvious to you this will not go down in the annals of poetry. While it does have rhymes and gives some hummingbird facts, its more of a nonsense tale, running through some thoughts about hummingbirds that make it lighthearted and I hope fun to read.

Enjoy!

"A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening From flower to flower he flies." John Banister Tabb

He stops himself while in midair
He stops himself while in midair | Source

The hummingbird's a tiny bird
Often seen but seldom heard

He flits around to get a drink
Moving quicker than you think

He flys at thirty miles per hour
Looking for that perfect flower

He can fly in any direction
Helping with his own protection

Flying up or flying down
Often flying all around

He visits thousands of flowers each day
And no one had better get in his way

He stops himself while in midair
And we must look and give a stare

For no one else can do that feat
As quickly both his wings he beats

He visits feeders filled with food
And sometimes brings the whole darn brood

He licks his food with fringed, forked tongue
And doesn't stop until he's done

He licks his food with fringed, forked tongue
He licks his food with fringed, forked tongue

With feathers looking iridescent
Sometimes he looks incandescent

He cannot walk, hop, skip or jump
Not on a tree or on a stump

His eyes are solid colored black
So very keen they do not lack

He sees his food from far away
And never takes his time to play

He has no fear and fights aggressive
Showing he is most possesive

He's one of over 300 species
That only rhymes with Mitsubishis

He visits feeders filled with food
He visits feeders filled with food | Source

And so my tale is almost done
Telling of the little one

That people love to watch and feed
While impressed by their swift speed

Next time you see one think of me
And I will stop and think of thee


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Another hummingbird piece

I happily recommend you read this haiku: http://fpherj48.hubpages.com/hub/A-Hummingbird-Haiku

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      This was so cute Mary!

      I read it all! You gave some facts about them, and everything went smooth. Your grand kids must've loved it. You have a way with words! Keep them coming! Why not anothet Piece dedicated to flowers? This was wonderful!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      An enjoyable and light hearted poem. Yes, I did Enjoy.

      Graham.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Lord, your praise is so appreciated. I guess I'll have to work on more flowers...it's just that I had that first picture of the hummingbird and wanted to use it.

      Thank you Albion. so glad you enjoyed!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mary,

      Cute poem, you did great! I enjoyed your intro and conclusion! "Only rhymes with Mitsubishis, LOL.. Good one Mary! Thanks for sharing!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Perhaps, God's way of displaying splendor before our unattentive lives? Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Josh, I did point out it was a nonsense poem now didn't I ;)

      What a lovely thought arb!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I was within three feet of a pair of hummingbirds the other day while weeding the garden. I heard then before I saw them, and they were around for several minutes sipping nectar from the Crocosmia. So I found this timely and entertaining as well as informative in a really fun way. Great job!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Xstatic...they can really buzz your head as they go by, can't they?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Are they not adorable creatures? I had one no more than a foot from my head the other day....I heard the humming but couldn't figure out what it was....Bev shrieked from the doorway and said he was right behind me....very cool.

      Great hub and pics my friend.

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      DFiduccia 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      This clever poem is fun to read, and at the time, it's loaded with interesting facts. These are nice photos of an impressive little bird.

      DF

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks DFiduccia. As you can tell I am really fascinated with the little guys even as they dive bomb our heads in the backyard.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I was outside in the garden yesterday for a bit and spied a hummingbird out the corner of my eye--they still seem magical to me--fun piece!!

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      awsomme poetry.!!!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you tillstontitan, I loved it (and I love hummingbirds) Jamie

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      They really amazing Audrey, aren't they?

      Thank you Mike, so nice of you stop by and even nicer that you enjoyed!

      Jamie, you too. Always glad to have you stop by.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Bill, your comment somehow got mixed up in between...anyway, the first time I heard one I thought it was a large bee and was ready to run for cover (I'm originally from the City). So glad you enjoyed.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a delightful poem about my favorite little hummingbird. We have them out here but you have to be quick to get a pic. Yours are lovely.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love hummingbirds and this poem makes me smile.. so beautiful just like the hummingbirds..

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Peg. They do sit on the feeders giving me the opportunity to take a shot.

      Deb happy I cold make you smile with this beautiful little creature.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was so nice. Great info on hummingbirds. I love those birds and poetic too. Super.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Gypsy Rose, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      tillson -- Clever, funny, cute, and informational! (I heard the rhythms of Dr. Seuss a couple of times. Well done and lots of fun.

      They are such beautiful little creatures. :) Theresa

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much Theresa. I LOVE Dr. Seuss and being compared to him makes me beam! Thank you so much for taking the time to read.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      HOLY SNIT!!! Tillie......I do NOT believe this and niether will you....then again, maybe you will! With all this damned time I've had on my hands, I scribbled down some notes to myself for hubs.....I ALSO WROTE A "HUMMINGBIRD HAIKU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I am sitting here looking at it on my desk. This gives me goosebumps, girl. No kidding. I can't publish anything right now......and don't know if I should publish my haiku...except that it's quite different from yours.....I have to think on this. Is this getting spooky to you? It is to me!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      YOU are spooky, but that's why I love you! You most certainly should publish your hummingbird haiku....we have to keep together girl! I've told you time and time again, great minds think alike! Get used to it ;)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, enjoyed reading. You have showcased the hummingbird in all it's glory. Awesome poem.

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      shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

      this is a really beautiful poem and i am delighted to read it :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Vellur thanks so much for reading and enjoying!

      Shalini glad you thought this was delightful.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      If only ornithology lessons were this poetic there will be a lot more birdlovers in the world. cute, crammed with info and lovely to read. Mary, you did not need to start this hub with a disclaimer on your poetic skills. They are intact and interesting. Shared.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Mohan, but you must know about CYA ;) Seriously, I appreciate your vote of confidence.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Knock Knock....Hello? Just poking my head in.....interrupting your comments to say CONGRATULATIONS on your 2012 Hubbie award for BEST Avatar! I KNEW you would get it. I voted for you GF.....Be proud! OK....that's all....I'm gone...Bye bye!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I loved your poem about the Hummingbird! No apologies, please. I miss seeing these beautiful little birds in S. Fl. I haven't see one since 1965 when I moved here.

      I voted this UP.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Oh my BFF Effer! Thanks so much for the vote and congrats!

      Mary, so sorry they're not in FL! They really do brighten your day, except when they're fighting each other for the feeder ;)

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi tillsontitan... great hub on these little wonders. They are amazing. When I was on holidays they were all around the cabin I was in. Deadly accurate flyers and just a joy to watch... great hub and the pictures are perfect.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I know what you mean about their accuracy...they buzz by my head and I'm amazed they don't hit me! Thanks for reading and hugs right back at you.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Never had the chance to see a hummingbird over here in Singapore....thanks for describing the little creature with such beautiful detail. I am sharing this, Mary!! Votes all the way.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      We sometimes forget different things are 'peculiar' to different places. so glad I could introduce you to this little guy...we just love watching them.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Lovely lovely poem. I really enjoyed reading it a second time. :)

      ~~ Theresa

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Wow! Thank your for reading it twice Ph!

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      Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Cute poem. Love the Mitsubishi bit. Does it have a poetic license?

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Hopefully gypsy ;)

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi,

      enjoyed this poetry in the spirit it was written in, which fun and a joy to read. Loved your images too. Beautiful birds that do not occur in our part of the world. Wish they did ! Thank you for sharing Voted up.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Thanks D.A.L., they really are delightful little birds to watch though a bit vicious to each other. Thank you for voting up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful and delightfully different. I love this poem, Mary!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      So glad you enjoyed it Rajan.

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      schoolgirlforreal 3 years ago from USA

      Hey there! I love these birds so I had to read this, It was very light hearted and pleasant and I appreciate the quote listed and learned about hummingbirds things I did not know! What a fun way to learn!

      Thanks tillsontitan

      :)

      Rose

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Thank you Schoolgirl. They are such dainty little creatures you can't help but love them. Glad you enjoyed my little poem.

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