Summer Whisper

Yesterday, while I stood
knee-deep in meadow grass
to capture wild fleabane
and raspberries in bloom,
while a joyful bee dipped
and danced in front of me,
I almost missed the visitor
who came quickly down the path.
I think she thought I was
a flower — leftover perfumes from the day —
but stopped just shy of my pistil
when she realized I was not.
It took a while to focus
I felt her before I saw,
so close was she
I felt the breeze
of her magic little wings.
“Summer’s coming,”
the hummingbird whispered,
then floated off to
honeysuckle waiting
just nearby.

• • •

©2012, Jen Payne

14 thoughts on “Summer Whisper

  1. Swear to the Goddess you’re better now than Amy Lowell, and on your way toward Robert Frost! There were not only words but sounds I could hear, and sunlight I could feel, and the surprise of the bird made me smile with shock! I really love your work, and this year’s poetry is brilliant as diamonds. I love this one! Dale

  2. yes – summerier and summerier… but i have lovely clean clothes hanging outside on the line (instead of using the dryer) and they will dry quickly on this hot day! lots of weeds to pull – no hummingbirds yet!

    1. Summerier indeed. I suspect my days of walking in the woods are coming to a close. In addition to hummingbirds, there were the bugs. Time to find other haunts where bugs are not so voracious and a breeze carries off the heat enough to bear it.

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