Diane Hine

Silver Star - 3,098 Points (25 July 1956)

Hummingbird Moth

Moth, for your
Mitred wings have
Inspired hummingbirds.
Nectar-sipping insect
Gardeners tended new blooms
Before dinosaurs flapped away.
Intricate cultivars blossomed when
Resourceful, sweet-toothed antiquated birds
Dabbled deliciously in horticulture.
Moths and birds converged in hovering harmony.
Offended flowers could claim to have bred both of them,
Though maybe hummingbirds should be renamed hummingmoth birds.
Humm…umber moth, for your mitred wings have inspired hummingbirds.

Submitted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 03, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is an acrostic poem where each line has one more syllable than the last and the first five lines are repeated in the last line.
Hummingbird moths and hummingbird hawkmoths (sometimes called hummingmoths) are separate species.

Comments about this poem (Hummingbird Moth by Diane Hine )

  • Rookie - 94 Points Theodora Onken (4/21/2013 2:09:00 AM)

    Absolutely divine! You are truly in tune with nature- -the insects etc....have never seen a hummingbird moth but feel as if i have after reading this marvelous acrostic. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,104 Points Valsa George (4/18/2013 10:51:00 PM)

    A beautiful acrostic, ingeniously spun together! ! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,465 Points Lyn Paul (4/18/2013 8:11:00 AM)

    A very clever write of the nature of our skies. Loved the pattern of your words. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 340 Points Captain Cur (4/16/2013 7:03:00 PM)

    Only one species of Diane Hine.
    Poet, humanist, ecologist and writer extraordinaire.
    Moth lover too! We are all attracted to your light
    and lovely verse. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 267 Points David Wood (4/16/2013 10:50:00 AM)

    A very clever poem that I had to read twice. I really liked how you constructed it. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,022 Points Unwritten Soul (4/16/2013 9:48:00 AM)

    I really like how you start and how you ended this poem, the arrangement like a pyramid also awesome! and the most important part..i like the line where the flowers claimed that they breed the species...and thank you for the info in your note.. :) _Soul (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,096 Points Anthony Di''anno (4/16/2013 8:56:00 AM)

    Very clever Diane. I like acrostics. You have done a superb job. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,051 Points Valerie Dohren (4/15/2013 10:30:00 AM)

    Cleverly put together - well penned Diane. (Report) Reply

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