Autumn days darken early. Time orbits away from the sun.
Leaves change, colorful fallen rainbow tears, then not one.
Settle leafy skeletons, crisp unwrapped mummies in a pile.
Nature blankets winter chills, expecting spring’s new style.
Hummingbird’s needlelike beaks probing remnant flowers.
A long-ago Christmas week, untimely hospice urgent visits.
Held her hand. Wanted to stop time. Emotions, edgy fidgets.
The view, a hummingbird feeder hung—watery ornament.
Watching hummingbirds entertain—Christmas day event.
Hummingbird wings flutter, rapid ghostlike super powers.
Women at the front desk talked about the feeder as I left a hospice visit.
I oohed and aahed, telling them the hummingbird surprise was exquisite.
When I see a hummingbird, emotions touch December. Now time’s passage,
I have a knowing smile. I receive a mysterious, happy hummingbird message.
Hummingbird feeder outside my window…. I will watch for hours.
April Ryan is a Washington resident and frequent contributor to Sharing Stories and Poetry Corner.
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