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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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