Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Humming-Bird - Poem by Padraic Colum

UP from the navel of the world,
Where Cuzco has her founts of fire,
The passer of the Gulf he comes.

He lives in air, a bird of fire,
Charted by flowers still he comes
Through spaces that are half the world.

With glows of suns and seas he comes;
A life within our shadowed world
That's bloom, and gem, and kiss of fire!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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