Celebrating National Hummingbird Day with a Pantoum Poem

National Hummingbird Day, Humming Bird, Hummingbird PoetryToday is National Hummingbird Day. We are honoring and celebrating these small birds with long, thin bills that allows them to feed upon nectar in flowers. These mid-air hovering birds rapidly flap their wings and can fly backwards. Hummingbirds are part of the Trochilidae family and are endemic to the Americas. Their English name comes from the humming sound made by their wings.

Please enjoy this poem, Magical Little Hummer a pantoum poem from my book Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry.

Magical Little Hummer
By Kym Gordon Moore

Gracing me with your brief presence
dancing merrily with rapidly beating wings
as the morning sunrays reflect the pageantry
a shimmering metallic rainbow of colors.

Dancing merrily with rapidly beating wings
watching you dart between the canna and tiger lilies
a shimmering metallic rainbow of colors
exploring the sweet depths with your needle-like beak.

Watching you dart between the canna and tiger lilies
curiosity satisfying your hungry soul
exploring the sweet depths with your needle-like beak
in the morning glory’s then over to the petunias.

Curiosity satisfying your hungry soul
defying gravity, hovering with invisible support
in the morning glory’s then over to the petunias
your fair-like presence makes us laugh in awe.

Defying gravity, hovering with invisible support
buzzing, zooming, performing somersaults in the air
your fair-like presence makes us laugh in awe
not giving your shadow enough time to catch up.

Buzzing, zooming, performing somersaults in the air
swiftly flying away you ignite my chimes
not giving your shadow enough time to catch up
your charming performance makes the impossible look effortless.

Swiftly flying away you ignite my chimes
your magic is entertaining, titillating and fascinating
your charming performance makes the impossible look effortless
a sweet melody resonating with a stir.

Your magic is entertaining, titillating and fascinating
as the morning sunrays reflect the pageantry
a sweet melody resonating with a stir
gracing me with your brief presence.

(This poem is in the form of a Pantoum. A pantoum is a fixed form, consisting of a varying number of 4-line stanzas with lines rhyming alternately. The second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated to form the first and third lines of the succeeding stanza. The first line of the poem will always be the last sentence of the poem.)

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