Treasure Island

Valsa George


A Humming Bird in my Garden


Sudden, as a bolt from the blue,
Came down a humming bird;
Skimming down and darting up
As an ever revolving top.

It reeled round and round
Before it alighted on a shoe flower;
That hung from a drooping branch
In the corner of my front yard garden.

It precariously clung on to it
Like a small pendant on a chain
A sight so cool, now so rare
That lighted up my dull spirits!


Once they, showed themselves up
On almost every sunny day
Promptly after the monsoon rains
When the plants en masse, in resplendent blooms

Oh! How I love this tiny bird
Not larger than a bumble bee
Dressed in a cloak of green and black
Flitting round on fluttering wings


With terrific feats and nimble jerks
It hovers close to hanging blooms
Balancing itself sans any support
And draws out nectar with needle bill


I fail to capture its lightning move
As it goes whizzing through the lambent air
Quickly disappearing like a mote of soot
Losing itself in the vast expanse of the blue

Being less than an ounce of fat
So light, sleek and well streamlined
It travels faster than the light of speed
In a fleeting dash, moving out of sight

Can any other bird rival it in agility
Or vie with it in its simple grace?
How cute, this spirit of ‘unbodied joy’
This winged diminutive denizen of the sky!

Submitted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Edited: Thursday, December 19, 2013

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  • Akhtar Jawad (9/11/2014 7:23:00 AM)

    Can any other bird rival it in agility
    Or vie with it in its simple grace?
    How cute, this spirit of ‘unbodied joy’
    This winged diminutive denizen of the sky!
    A beautiful description of a little bird. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (8/22/2014 2:49:00 AM)

    Lovely portrait of a Humming bird,
    Described to perfection,
    A poetic and visual delight.
    Thanks Valse, enjoyed (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (8/22/2014 2:47:00 AM)

    Lovely portrait of a Humming bird,
    Described to perfection,
    A poetic and visual delight.
    Thanks Valse, enjoyed (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Katona (8/7/2014 1:13:00 AM)

    It's so lovely to be reminded of the times when I have been entranced by a hummingbird. Thank you for allowing me to re-live those moments with your artistic poem. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (8/4/2014 11:41:00 AM)

    You capture the slightness, smallness, fragility, weightlessness of the humming bird but they must also be sturdy and as your poem shows they move so fast they're ahead of the danger before it strikes. What a life - visiting your friends the flowers, gifted with nectar, replete with colors and juice - that's a celestial life! When I was a child my Dad told me dogs don't have souls - it's basic Catholic dogma - Ever since I have tried to imagine each creature's soul - Imagine how small, round, melodious and sweet this bird's soul is! (Report) Reply

  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (7/23/2014 11:20:00 AM)

    It's one of the best poems I have ever read.........Valsa.......birds are my favourite beings.......and this poem
    so beautifully penned does bring solace to my soul...............a ten for lovely piece (Report) Reply

  • Piyush Dey (6/30/2014 10:39:00 PM)

    it was such a cute poem with fresh thoughts.
    it was a like a beautiful bird song. (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (3/2/2014 8:08:00 PM)

    Beautiful elaboration of the tiny humming bird, arriving with the morning light at your lawn..... loved it (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/17/2014 8:51:00 PM)

    ............love this poem...a wonderful tribute to the precious humming bird...
    you penned it so beautifully...I must read this one again real soon...love it... (Report) Reply

  • Ken E Hall (9/8/2013 6:12:00 AM)

    Magic bird magic poem loved it...we have breakfast daily in the garden porch and I buy 1.1/2 kg of sunflower seed weekly and boy does it pay...rainbow lorikeets, minors, parakeets bush turkeys and more, the minors love the honey from the flowered trees. How cute, this spirit of ‘ unbodied joy’ as you say.regards (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (9/5/2013 7:27:00 PM)

    Another beautiful poem. it is a real joy and pleasure to read your poems. I also love to watch hummingbird. Sadly I do not see them that often either. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (9/5/2013 7:49:00 AM)

    I have relaxed on my front porch and can count the times
    that I have actually seen one of these small and very agile
    little bird. They can flit about so precariously that you can
    hardly take a quick look at them. Obviously you live in an
    area where the humming bird thrives. Where there are lots
    of blooming flowers and shrubbery. A great use of words
    you have use to describe this unique little creature. A well
    crafted write my friend. Enjoyed your write to the highest. (Report) Reply

  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (9/2/2013 11:55:00 PM)

    Dear Prof,
    I can imagine the Humming Bird in your Garden!

    I like each and every stanza!
    especially the way the bird clinging to the drooping branch!

    It precariously clung on to it
    Like a small pendant on a chain!

    I learn lot of new words like bumble, lambent, mote and soot etc.

    I would like to see your garden and humming bird also! (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (9/2/2013 9:22:00 AM)

    A wonderfully crafted poem on the humming bird.One could actually be with you and the bird throughout the poem and enjoy This winged diminutive denizen of the sky! KUDOS, vALSA! (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (9/1/2013 9:05:00 AM)

    A wonderful, creative write full of the magic and mystique of the humming bird who brightens up your day! (Report) Reply

  • Payal Parande (8/31/2013 12:51:00 PM)

    oh i love hummingbirds the cute little creatures are the most amazing creation of god..you have describe the event so elegantly is just amazing made feel like i was the one who was observing it live ..thank you for sharing (Report) Reply

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