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The Hummingbird and the Fly

The Hummingbird and the Fly

(from Within My Illusions)

The heat broke, so it seemed like a good idea

to stand outside and stare into space.

Specifically, the space between the trees

above the canyon

at the level of my deck,

maybe one hundred yards out.

I’m not a good judge of distance.

I practice relaxing my eyes

(or is it my mind?)

and that cluster of trees seems to merge

into a giant amoeba-like mass,

swaying and pulsing.

Shapes dissipate into holographic forms

and I begin to perceive

a movement of energy in between

where I thought there was nothing.

I look down and a hummingbird

is drinking from scarlet buds

on plants that grow below the deck.

A hummingbird!

Gray-brown with an iridescent back,

Wings flap and flap and flap as

she hovers in front of me for a moment

or two before flying off to the right.

I turn my head to follow her,

my gaze landing on a fly perched

on the neon green arm of a plastic chair.

He crawls up the length and around the side.

Maybe he is looking for water too?

Or perhaps a place to rest

before he begins the long journey

across the canyon, which to him

must seem as big as the city is to me.

I was only going to write about the hummingbird.

But then I thought,

“Why should the fly be any less remarkable?”


Wishing you a week of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

With love,


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