The Hummingbird and I

we lingered out back
to frolic by the flowers
the hummingbird
the cat
the coyote

the coyote caught a whiff,
just a brief, tempting sensation,
of decomposing garbage in an overstuffed bin
it appealed to his undiscerning appetite

he ran through the trees
hot on the scent
caused a slight breeze
that made the cat’s tail fur erectly stand
swish, swish
back and forth, the angry appendage went
further fanning the air
as the feline statue stared

I watched in delight

the creature-stirred air was amusing,
a welcome reprieve to a still, sun-heating deck

the hummingbird,
picked that moment to dart this way and that
in zigzagging chaos
filled his small belly
on deck-variety nectar

I laughed at the sight

the cat, preoccupied with coyote obsessing,
the coyote, pursuing a waste trail for his lusting,
both missed an easy meal,
one obviously placed

we found satisfaction
through patiently watching
among the flowers
out back
that morning

the hummingbird and I,
both appetites



Words and Photography ©2017 Tanya Cliff ~ to contact me

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37 thoughts on “The Hummingbird and I

      1. Summer. As I’ve grown older, I find I hate the hot summer weather. I’m a Fall/Winter man now where I used to be a Spring/Summer lover.

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      2. I like all the seasons. Winter here is long though. I’m always relieved when Spring comes. You have a much warmer climate than we do. Those Midwest winters…


      3. I am in Sicily now and believe it or not, living right on top of the Mediterranean Sea, the breeze is always 15 degrees cooler than inland.

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  1. Reminds me of the Dutch saying ‘when two dogs fight over a bone, the third one is running off with it’…freely translated. This lovely story of you made me smile 🙂

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      1. Well, I’m going through a bit of a rough patch right now but hope that will change in a few weeks…Enjoy your day, Tanya.


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      2. This is extra sweet, Tanya…I really do appreciate your well-wishes so much. I’ll make it through…


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    1. Thank you, Roger! I feel the same way when I come back to your blog, if I have been gone for a few days. The familiar writer’s voice is missed when it isn’t heard…
      I’m glad the conference has been so fruitful for you!

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  2. You must have sent the hummingbird my way. I have never seen one so close as I did yesterday and videotaped her for the 2 seconds she was there!!

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      1. I was trying to catch the owl. I had no idea that the owl was in the tree behind it and the hummingbird just happened to be right there! It was a very cool moment

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