• Vol. 09
  • Chapter 05

I Have Never Seen

I have never seen a humming bird
in real life, only in images or on TV,
close up and in vivid colour.
Even then, their wings a whirr,
those tiny birds were a blur,
filmed over hours,
slowed down
to show how
they dip
in and out of exotic flowers.

I live in the wrong place with the wrong flora.

But regret does not last for ever.

Outside my window, honeysuckle greens
bright leaves on curly twines,
and robins, tits and finches
dart among sap-livened vines,
certain of life’s cycle
and sweetly scented blooms.