Four Hummingbirds

Photo by James Wainscoat on Unsplash

I watched four hummingbirds bathe before the sun arose
swimming in the fountain, with fluttering wings and toes
they sailed into the air, returned and took a deep dive
chirping to each other, drowning in ecstasy’s throes

Their innocence of being, in the moment alive
sent my heart leaping and brought joyous tears to these eyes
I saw true happiness with their feathers gleaming wet
they illuminated my day, infused with delight

©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s note: I was blessed to actually see this little miracle first thing the other morning. I was so struck by their pure joy, it stayed with me all day, and even now brings a smile. My attempt at a Rubaiyat.

dVerse Poets MTB: https://dversepoets.com/2019/01/31/poetry-forms-the-rubaiyat/

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51 Comments on “Four Hummingbirds

  1. What a delight to see them. We are all about birds in this form, smiles. Love this part specially:

    I saw true happiness with their feathers gleaming wet
    they illuminated my day, infused with delight

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  2. Beautiful word-crafting with the 13-syllable line! Reads fluidly and sits comfortably in the mind. Beautiful images in your piece – and the picture you chise is to die for. Great post! I got inspired by Frank’s rubaiyat thing and posted two – one dark, one light. Both of mine however, follow Frost’s 8-syllable line format.

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  3. Linda, as I read this I thought of little kids cavorting through the sprinkler. For as dark and cold as it’s been here, your poem of the frolicking hummingbirds brightened things up.

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  4. Well , if that pic is what you saw, I’d be amazed too. I am sure no tears would come to my eyes, but even if the birds weren’t in ecstasy, you certainly sounded in rapture! Smile

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    • Thank you Bjorn. They are magical. The other day, I was out near one of their feeders, and one flew right up to my face and looked at me, then landed on the feeder to drink. It was so cool.

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  5. What an amazing sight to see–and it comes through. I like the final line, and how “they illuminated my day” has a deeper meaning, but also leads back to the dawn at the beginning of the poem. Well done with the thirteen syllables, too. It flows so naturally.

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