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  Show You Small
by Phyllis Jean Green
Thursday, January 05, 2006
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N o t an apology for bullies, hope you know!! Just that sometimes. . .hard not to feel small and weak, especially in today's world? ILY, P


A rufous hummingbird warp-speeds
from a book that assures it is a bully
at under a  tenth of an ounce.  Not just
a bully.  The bully of all.   Makes me eye
the red-necks that party at the feeder
I fill and refill.   Proof in the thudding?  
Small can mean might?   Even to win?  
Know this.   Do not step out on the deck  
if it will put you in the path of a speck
between near invisible wings.  Not seeing
is to believe.   Cracking the door
like putting your ear to the business end
of a jet preparing to take off.  Indianapolis
can only dream.   Reverse effect of sugared
tank?  Red coloring?   How can they race
their engines faster than sight without pfffting
apart?   Whole body an inch, inch and a half.
Nectar said to trigger the identical lightning.
Shiver-shout thunder.  Wings rotor needle
beaks straight for the main chance, kaCHING.  
Sweet to the  sweet, forget.  These birds
will take out an eye.   Almost worth it
for the power.  Feel less small.
©)  Phyllis Jean Green,  January, 2006


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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/25/2006

The uniqueness of "Show You Small" depicts the great flier, and
takes the reader to an ecological trip.

I enjoyed the contents and message of this composition.
"Show You Small" adds value to the treasure of Poetry.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Christy French 1/9/2006
My favorite bird and what an awesome poem. Love your style. Thanks for sharing - Christy
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/6/2006
I have watched these birds during the mating/nesting season here; they've even scared me at times by the way they come right at you and make a loud noise. Nicely done, Pea. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 1/6/2006
Ah... yes! Love the poem it's point and conclusion! Size has nothing to do with it! Love it, Pea. You've left me smiling.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/6/2006
Dynamite comes in small packages, and this one explodes joyfully off the page! I love hummers, and I love this tribute to their resiliency (spelling?). BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 1/6/2006
Expect the first glimpse of one of these tiny creatures to be as glamourous as their names, ruby-topaz, violet-capped woodnymph (the one I am!)white-tailed goldenthroat, blossomcrown, amethyst-throated sunangel, glowing puffleg, bronze-tailed comet, purple-crowned fairy, horned sungem, amethyst woodstar---these are the few names I found in Elysian groves of the poet's vision. Hummingbirds owe their beauty to their graceful streamlined form and shining metallic colors. Thank you, my fluorescent, metallic friend Pea. Your gliterati plumage is essentially utilitarian, very useful to us here on the den. You are the name-bearer for the whole hummingbird group! Pea-Green, sounds like a sweet hummngbird species to me!

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/6/2006
They are fascinating to watch, thanks
for sharing your insight Pea...lovely and peace
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/6/2006
I love these courageous powerful little runts - and this piece - they are truly nature’s stunt birds being able to hover, and fly up, down, and backwards, just like a powerful tiny helicopter!
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 1/6/2006
Wow....a mighty poem indeed.
Best wishes always
Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme 1/5/2006
Hullo dear Pea :0)... so it's dynamite in small packages - eh? We have a humming bird here in the Cape that is unique & not found anywhere else in the world. Has a call/voice so sweet that it takes the listner's breath away - guess that and it's nature,(as explained in your poem)makes it one lethal wee birdie!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 1/5/2006
hahaha...amazing isn't it?
Clever the way you put it.
Reviewed by J M 1/5/2006
I enjoyed this ones power yes the small seem less in this world now adays. But they have actualy the power wonderful enjoyable piece. TY for sharing....
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/5/2006
Very interesting indeed and quite a lot to think about now that you have put into this context I doubt if I will sleep tonight thinking about it. Good write.

Reviewed by Peter Paton 1/5/2006
A feast of a write Pea, the aerodynamic power and hovering abilities of the humming bird, mark it out as unique and brilliant in the aviary world !
Your consummate use of what I would call reverse effect wordage adds a fascinating and compelling force to your compositions !
You yourself are quite unique in this style of writing !
Reviewed by Paul Williams 1/5/2006
This extant, buzzing, little gem is not only about the birds but much more besides I'll warrant. A beautifully imaged and superb creation Pea.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/5/2006
Fantastic, Pea! LUCKY DUCKY!!! Hummingbirds exist for me only in dreams and in a very rare visit to the local zoo, so thank you for bringing them - not only right up close - but in such a way as to reinforce the wonder of them and their natural magnificence. Your style is unique and you impart your information in a most intriguing and compelling way. Last three words to die for: kaCHING indeed! :)) TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/5/2006
Lovely offering Pea!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 1/5/2006
LOL I love the not seeing is believing. Humor is terif. So is the observation We never had hummers but I remember nuthatches and grossbeaks. The place was as bad as O'Hare Airport--one take off and landing a minute.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/5/2006
I adore this one Pea! YOu are so right. I too have a feeder. I even had a mother bring its baby to show how to feed, I thought the baby was a bee it was so small. You know how sometimes bees get after the sugar if it drips a lot. I was totally awed by the sight, and stayed behind the screen door barely breathing. They are a wonder to watch. Once I was going out the door without paying attention and I heard a clicking sound and realized it was the hummer, I went back in and let it finish feeding;-)hahaha Thanks for this one so gooooooood!

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