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Aerial Acrobat
by Ronald W. Hull

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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We put out a hummingbird feeder to catch fall migrators. Almost immediately, two males were fighting over it. The winner was caught feeding in the bad photo to the left.


Aerial Acrobat

I am highly evolved,
to fly with ease.
I flit with the butterflies,
and vie with the bees.

For the sweet nectar,
that powers my wings.
Gives me the energy,
to do marvelous things.

Like hover in midair,
to survey the scene.
Snatch a bug in mid-flight,
and float like a dream.

The air is my playground,
the air is my home.
Move into my territory, 
and I won't leave you alone.

I must keep moving,
for I am not safe.
Others would catch me,
like a wandering waif.

If I don't eat, many times,
my weight every day.
I will starve to death,
my strength gone away.

But don't you worry,
about my plight.
I'm hardy enough,
for a long distance flight.

Across the Gulf of Mexico,
I fly with the breeze.
If a hurricane don't get me,
to the land of my ease.

A tropical paradise,
where I can cavort.
Choose a mate for the journey,
to the far, far north.

Where I will raise my young,
in a dainty nest,
teach them to fly loops,
and all the rest.

So if you are down,
and can't get going.
Think of the little hummingbird,
and all that he is knowing.

So, what are you waiting for?
What's holding you back?
Fly like a hummingbird,
and you're on the right track.

Copyright 2012 © Ronald W. Hull

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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 10/16/2012
Aren't they amazing little creatures? Much enjoyed the poem
Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/8/2012
Ron, "Aerial Acrobats" indeed, for they are as fragile as a feather in the wind with agility's of flight, peerless - to be blessed to observe their aero-antics is a special treat long savoured - I wish you love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 10/5/2012
they are amazing , wonderful poem Ron.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 10/2/2012
Just delightful! You are a natural weaver of poetic musical stories Ron!
Reviewed by Lulah Mae 10/2/2012
Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures and a garden is not complete without them.
I like the questions in your closing verse very much and enjoyed the garden through your eyes.
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 10/2/2012
What a jovial delight this is!! To have written this with such respect, admiration, fine detail, AND make the language so poetically well-chosen. A+ Ron! ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 10/1/2012
Simply amazing to behold
a hummingbird *Ron* So I
thoroughly enjoyed your

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/1/2012
written with a light airy touch
perfectly in keeping with the theme;
i do envy their beauty and extraordinary
abilities, their passion for living..they
know no other way

a delight of a poem, Ron

Reviewed by jude forese 10/1/2012
good poem, Ron ... enjoyed it's flexibility ... i'm interested is how you know the 2 hummers were male? ;)
Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/1/2012
We, occasionally, see hummingbirds tormenting Falcons and Hawks in our back yard. They buzz so fast around their heads they get frustrated and do everything they can to get away from them. hahahaha ... It's quite humorous to watch. A finely constructed poem, Ron. Peace ...
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 10/1/2012
AMEN! Love those amazing little creatures....we don't get them here in the city, but every time I go to the little "bunky" in the woods I'm privy to a front row seat to an awesome show by these precious feathered sister has kept her feeders out for the late migrators too....loved this, Ron! Lyrically lovely!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/1/2012
Truly nature's aerial acrobats, and truly a natural wonder to behold.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/1/2012
Nature is truly one of God's greatest miracles.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 9/30/2012
Love it, Ron! I never knew hummers were so aggressive, though, until we got a feeder. They each like to be King of the Hill at the feeder.
Strange to me that you put yours out now, when we just brought ours in today. Say hello to our hummers when they stop at your place!

Reviewed by D. Vegas 9/30/2012
Written with caring words and knowledge. Thanks, Ron.

Reviewed by Budd Nelson 9/30/2012
cool i like it Ron
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 9/30/2012
I have two hummingbird feeders that I make my own
tonic sweet syrup for... they are coming in droves
many times I have tried to capture them on film
but they are faster than lightening...

"So if you are down,
and can't get going.
Think of the little hummingbird,
and all that he is knowing."

Loved all of this simply beautiful with the personal touch of your own photo

Love and Light
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/30/2012
VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/30/2012
Love the esprit to this, Ron, as much as the easy lyricism and inherent vigour your words convey... Am I wrong or is Muhumming Ah-Bee also part of your thinking and inspiration for this one?! :)) xx
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 9/30/2012
I love hummingbirds! This poem is delightful! To think that something so tiny can survive such a migration blows my mind!

Love ya!

Reviewed by Odin Roark 9/30/2012
I for one believe the hummingbird one of the most extraordinary living things we're privileged enough to witness... albeit in ever so brief snatches. They are fast, eh? Your depiction is extraordinary as well, covering as you do with a broad stroke, punctuated with those fine brush details. Well done. BTW. I wrote about one in my short story, "Hummingbird at 30,000 Ft."

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