In this book
there are many hummingbirds—
the blue-throated, the bumblebee, the calliope,
the cinnamon, the Lucifer, and of course
Well, that’s all you can do.
For they’re swift as the wind
and they fly, not across the pages but,
like many shy and other-wordly things,
I know you’ll keep looking now that I’ve told you.
I’m hungry to see them too, but I can’t
hold them back even for a moment, they’re
busy, as all things are, with their own lives.
So all I can do is let you know
they’re here somewhere.
All I can do is tell you
by putting my own hunger on the page.
Blue Horses:Poems by MARY OLIVER
Emily Carter is the writer and photographer of the blog Hoof Beats and Foot Prints; She is a photojournalist. With her passion on nature especially the birds, I’ve learned to distinguish all kinds of feathered friends. Not only that, there’s cat and mouse, too, which is my favourite story posted here.
Thank you, Emily, for allowing me to use one of your photos. Perpetua.