Howie It was love at first sight! Clad in shimmery purple and green, he had the most handsome face. As he admired my petunias that breezy fall afternoon, the first words out of my mouth were, “I love you! Please come back!” He’d strike a pose within the trees, dancing from limb to limb, as I tried to photograph him. He was playing hard to get. Soon every day we’d rendezvous— a date for drinks in my back garden where he’d softly serenade me with the songs of his ancestors. I love you, my dear sweet Howie— the most gorgeous hummingbird that my eyes have ever seen!
This poem won 4th place at the 2021 Marin virtual fair.
The accompanying photo won 5th place in photography as well.