The Hummingbird’s Quest

We hold our breath, sitting as still
as a freeway during morning commute.
Its wings flutter at a possible
eighty times per second, so we’ve read.

It closes the distance between us,
and we know it eyes the dangling
rosy petals. But below those blossoms
lies the sleeping dog. He wouldn’t be
the least bit interested in the winged
creature, but the winged creature
doesn’t know this to be true.

And so, we watch our tiny friend
flit to within a few feet of the blooms,
then disappointment lands in our thoughts
as it retreats to the maple,
camouflaged to the naked eye.

If only it could be brave.
If only it knew there was no threat below
from the sleeping beast. In fact, the beast
quietly snores, and we are confident
he is dreaming of squirrels. 

© Lauren Scott, – All rights reserved.

53 thoughts on “The Hummingbird’s Quest

  1. A beautiful poem, and love the blooms, they look like what we call Petunia’s … And loved your tale about your tiny winged friend…. It really is a delight to watch Nature in action and not disturb their flight paths..
    Sending Love and hugs your way Lauren… ❤

    1. Thanks so much, Sue, and I think these blooms are Petunia’s. 🙂 I’ve written several poems about our Hummingbird friends. They’re fascinating to watch and so inspiring to write about. Sending lots of love and hugs to you, dear friend. 💗💗

    1. Thanks, Marina! I suppose like our feathered friend, we all have moments when fear is the dominant factor. But hopefully, he’ll muster up some bravery the next time. Copper has no interest…unless the other party is a squirrel! 🐿️🐿️🤗🕊️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Beautiful prose, Lauren! I love hummingbirds, your words bring a sweet smile to my face. I miss them in these colder months but know they will return and delight my heart again.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Many Blessings
    Lisa xoxo

  3. Beautiful photo! I loved the imagery you used for the dog. It sounds exactly like my dog, Churchill: getting older and lazier and starting to just observe instead of jumping to action. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem 😊

      1. You’re very welcome 😊 our Churchill is 7 years old. Sadly, he is a mix of bigger breeds and is considered to be a senior dog, but he still acts like a child! Haha Churchill loves chasing squirrels too! 😊

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