Treasure Island

Eli Spivakovsky

What if a hummingbird could emerge from a cocoon?

What if a hummingbird could emerge from a cocoon
fully formed
and clingling
to a vanilla plant
its wet body slowly opening
in the heat of the flower garden?

And has anyone noticed
that birds as they depart
their flapping sounds
almost like a paper bag being opened?

The hummingbird clearly, though,
sounds like a hum
whose tiny wings
pressed together at 25 beats per second
is blessed by being the only bird to be able to fly backwards
and one that could be
the smallest fan in the world

The humidity of the weather
evaporates the head notes of her perfume
leaving the heart note to open next
she considers all this
including the world's smallest fan
and believes that if it hovered around her neckline
close to her
the strange bird would have wings
cooling to her
and misty to the bird
as it paddled the air
and was covered so slightly
in the scent of Japanese Eau de Parfum
not to mention

Submitted: Friday, September 23, 2011
Edited: Thursday, September 06, 2012
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