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Hummingbird Maelstrom

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  • Steve Toth
    HUMMINGBIRD MAELSTROM Entering the garden I find it abuzz with energy I look to the East just in time to see but not duck three hummingbirds racing just beyond
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2012
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      HUMMINGBIRD MAELSTROM

      Entering the garden I
      find it abuzz with energy
      I look to the East just
      in time to see
      but not duck
      three hummingbirds racing
      just beyond my left shoulder
      about ear high

      Rapid clicking turns me
      to the right
      as two other birds are
      making twisty loops of alarm
      From the Southeast
      I see another bird headed straight
      between my eyes that veers off
      before making actual contact

      I seem to have stepped
      into some kind of
      hummingbird maelstrom
      but why so many at once?
      Then a black & white cat
      shoots out from some flowers
      & the neighbor's dog soon
      joins in the chase

      When the dog returns it spies
      a gray cat in its own hiding spot
      but this one is in no mood
      to flee so it stands its ground
      with a clawed paw swipe but
      looking left it runs to the right
      Now the dog alone is buzzed
      a couple more times as she sniffs
      the ground for slugs to roll on
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