A Wonder-inspired Hummingbird Haiku #PoetryFriday #BirdDay

It’s Poetry Friday and Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup has all the poetry goodness being offered up today. Perhaps you’ll join us? Jama has a lovely May Day celebration waiting for you.

— Christie Wyman, 2019 (draft)

I’m celebrating Bird Day (not to be confused with National Bird Day) a day early this year. As I write this post, I am awaiting the arrival of my first hummingbird. My feeder has been up for three weeks now, as these tiny creatures have been spotted in the area. Each time I pass the window that looks out upon the feeder, I can’t help but take a glance.

I wanted to create a new poem in honor of these tiny beauties, so for inspiration I turned to Wonderopolis’ Wonder of the Day #556: Do Hummingbirds Really Hum? Several poetic Wonder Words were waiting there for me! Word Swag offered up lots of fabulous hummingbird images, and I was lucky enough to find one that demonstrates that unique pendulum swinging motion the hummingbird uses while it’s hovering. There’s an amazing video on the Wonderopolis page of someone hand-feeding a hummer! Don’t miss it!

And while we are awaiting their grand entrance, here are two of my earlier hummingbird-inspired poems.

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Thanks for hosting this week, Jama!











11 thoughts on “A Wonder-inspired Hummingbird Haiku #PoetryFriday #BirdDay

  1. I love using Wonderopolis to inspire poetry. That video was amazing. My mother-in-law is a bird watcher and my resource for all things bird. I wasn’t going to write today, but your post has inspired me. I hope you see a hummer soon. We’ve had them around for a few weeks down here.


  2. Hummers are so fun to watch. They’re so quick, maybe you’ve missed your first visitors. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these poems!


  3. Love that ‘hungry hover’, Christie. I had the pleasure of feeding a hummingbird at the Sonoran Desert Museum one time. they have an enclosure just for these wonderful “swingers”. The other wonder was seeing their tiny nests up close. Hope you have your sighting soon. It’s too early for us, but soon.

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  4. Lovely hummingbirds, in pictures and words! Thank you! And Happy Bird Day! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  5. I like “nectar protector,” it’s fun to say.
    “perhaps you have come and gone” reminds me of some of my favorite Japanese poets, a bit of witty conversation with the birds.

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  6. Oh, I love Wonderopolis. Every time I demo it with a teacher it comes with a warning, “I can be a little evangelical about this,” LOL. This post is so rich…from nectar protector to words swag. You make me want to go outside right now…so, why not? It’s May!

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  7. Wonderful, Christie. Since I have never seen a hummingbird, the Wonderopolis video gave me some insight on how they move. The last #imagpoem gave me a great visual of the hummingbird in motion. I hope your get a look at your little fluttering friend real soon.

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  8. I love the imagery in these poems. We have a few hummingbirds who visit our feeder. They are like fairy folk with their glorious metallic plumage.
    Can you believe that I have never heard of wonderopolis before? Thanks for the introduction!

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