Still Saturday: a Sunbeam’s Kiss

THE HUMMINGBIRD

The sunlight speaks. And its voice is a bird.

It glitters half-guessed, half seen, half heard

Above the flower bed. Over the lawn…

A flashing dip and it is gone.

And all it lends to the eye is this –

A sunbeam giving the air a kiss.

Harry Kemp

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11 thoughts on “Still Saturday: a Sunbeam’s Kiss

  1. S. Etole says:

    What a delightful little poem and photos. I’ve had one buzzing by my head occasionally but have yet to catch one on camera.

    • Carol says:

      They buzz about here and seem to like the clematis trellis where I’ve hung their nectar feeder. Most are glossy rufous or green, but this one was fuzzy and smaller… came and sat on the hanging basket just beyond my window. I wondered if perhaps he was a young one.

  2. joylene says:

    Beautiful photo. Your hummingbirds seems so much nicer than ours. I was out on the deck and the little lady dive bombed toward me. Scared the heck out of me, I gotta say. Little lady–ha!

    • Carol says:

      Ours aren’t ‘ladylike’ either. In fact, they’re quite aggressive. A couple days ago I was fixing a clematis stem that had slipped away from the trellis on which their feeder sits, and one dive bombed me, too… so close he either touched the hair on top of my head, or the breeze he created moved my hair as he flew past! They buzz around us when we’ve taken the feeder down to refill, but on those occasions they only seem to be hovering and impatiently waiting for us to finish.

  3. We so rarely have hummingbirds here, but I love to watch them. I see them at Susie’s… as she said she has seen them. They move faster than I possibly ever can! What a treat to see them flittering around. Thanks.

  4. I have ruby throats and a green one–the female? This one is sweet. And the poem. Delightful.

    • Carol says:

      Canada has four different species of hummingbirds. We only seem to have the Rufous ones around here. Both your male and female Ruby throats would have emerald green backs. The male has the ruby throat and grey flanks, while the female has white breast and throat.

  5. Sharon O says:

    Really beautiful…

  6. Beautiful poem, Carol. Blessings to you…

  7. Carol says:

    Thanks, Sharon and Carol Ann. They’re fascinating birds to watch.

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