Hummingbird Rescue
For Andrea Christensen

Patrick Flynn

© Copyright 2024 by Patrick Flynn

Photo by Leslie Cross on Unsplash
Photo by Leslie Cross on Unsplash

I touched a hummingbird today, alone, in a room
for repair; full of nothing doors, missing windows
and dirty glass; once home to those who knew to fly.
Chirping in distress, your small green feathers didn’t shine
in morning evaporating into red down dulled with strain
and energy lost in moonlight just past a sunrise. You bumped
incessantly against the uneasy clarity of spotty glass wanting
to leave. Weak, nervous exhaustion showed as I neared.
There is no longer a river inside this house or continents of
bright, coned flowers trailing blushed shadows and yesterday:
I raised my finger as a perch—resisting, you then jumped to
the top edge of the white sliding window, empty space now full.
Moving a finger under green-brown legs I knew then
what was always hidden in flight.
Outside, in a sky of clouds, gray with missing days of summer
overcast with untouched distance, I didn’t hear the wind stir,
cars rolling loose gravel or thumping wheels on a paved road
where birds touch every flower.
You perched on my finger, soft toes curling my lined skin.
The silence was full of desire to any open door. And four times
I weighed the emptiness of leaving, and each still moment
with its wings lighter than air or a soul that carries you here:
I shook my head and said “no” each time you didn’t cross
the austerity of more time with me.
On the fifth try the space disappeared as I focused:
your trumpet beak in slender profile as long as my finger.
I walked the short paces to the door and watched you leave,
wings brushing speedy heartbeats in the wind. 

PM Flynn is a NC writer. He roasts organic coffee for and is published in Helen Literary Magazine, the Fictional Café, Main Street Rag, the Grassroots Women’s Project, Port Folio Weekly, the Mirror/Slush, Anti-Heroin Chic, 50 Haikus, Fleas on the Dog Online Quarterly, CactiFur, Agape Review, BlazeVox, Words & Whispers, Straylight, Stickman Review, Aromatica Poetica, A New Ulster, etc. Resource Publications published his first book of poetry, Shadows on Moss in January 2024.

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