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Topic: Hum (06/06/13)
TITLE: Those Amazing Hummers
By lynn gipson
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
About the size of my own thumb,
Arrive at my backyard every spring time,
Hummingbirds humming so sublime.
Intelligent little hummers indeed,
Finding again the plants that feed,
Knowing each year where a flower had grown,
Guarding the site to make it their own.
Visiting a thousand flowers a day,
They drink up to eight times more than they weigh,
Wings fluttering two hundred times per second,
Make a hummer hungry I reckon.
Hummingbird colors flashing so bright,
Can also be hidden out of sight,
Iridescent coloring of a soap bubble,
Dulls at once with signs of trouble.
These are the tiniest birds of any,
Weighing not much more than a penny,
They can fly sixty miles per hour,
When not busy sipping from a flower.
Hummingbirds have excellent hearing,
Magnified vision for foes appearing,
Sadly most die in their first year of life,
Being so tiny makes for such strife.
There is a sanctuary near Olive Branch,
Sort of a glorified Hummingbird ranch,
Hundreds of flowers and feeders each year,
Where hummers can rest and nest without fear.
Flying to far regions south in the Fall,
Leaving the cold and hearing God's call,
Searching for flowers with fresh sweet blooms,
And sanctuaries with warmer rooms.
God must have smiled on such a creation,
Lending my eyes this fine recreation,
He stunningly fashioned this amazing hummer,
To bless my heart every spring and summer.
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