At the edge of my lanai

a hummingbird dazzles

over the stamen

of a gardenia bloom


An alert myna bird from nowhere

plucks it midair

with a moist “schlupp!”

into the untouched breeze,

sweeps smartly down

the slope to an opening

in green groundcover,

drops the catch on a bare spot

between three others of its kind

that hop closer, twitch

their heads and beaks,

feast upon the delicate specter


Watching from my lawn chair

I can’t seem to bring

back the sight

of the hummingbird

hovering thereā€¦


Gone too, the question

I had