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White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant)

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Cuban Emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii)

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Magenta-throated Woodstar (Calliphlox bryantae)

 

 

Ode to the Hummingbird by Pablo Neruda

The hummingbird

in flight

is a water-spark,

an incandescent drip

of American

fire,

the jungle's

flaming resume,

a heavenly,

precise

rainbow:

the hummingbird is

an arc,

a golden

thread,

a green

bonfire!


Oh

tiny

living

lightning,

when

you hover

in the air,

you are

a body of pollen,

a feather

or hot coal,

I ask you:

What is your substance?

Perhaps during the blind age

of the Deluge,

within fertility's

mud,

when the rose

crystallized

in an anthracite fist,

and metals matriculated

each one in

a secret gallery

perhaps then

from a wounded reptile

some fragment rolled,

a golden atom,

the last cosmic scale,

a drop of terrestrial fire

took flight,

suspending your splendor,

your iridescent,

swift sapphire.

 

You doze

on a nut,

fit into a diminutive blossom;

you are an arrow,

a pattern,

a coat-of-arms,

honey's vibrato, pollen's ray;

you are so stouthearted--

the falcon

with his black plumage

does not daunt you:

you pirouette,

a light within the light,

air within the air.

Wrapped in your wings,

you penetrate the sheath

of a quivering flower,

not fearing

that her nuptial honey

may take off your head!

 

From scarlet to dusty gold,

to yellow flames,

to the rare

ashen emerald,

to the orange and black velvet

of our girdle gilded by sunflowers,

to the sketch

like

amber thorns,

your Epiphany,

little supreme being,

you are a miracle,

shimmering

from torrid California

to Patagonia's whistling,

bitter wind.

You are a sun-seed,

plumed

fire,

a miniature

flag

in flight,

a petal of silenced nations,

a syllable

of buried blood,

a feather

of an ancient heart,

submerged.

 


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