. . . I pray for hummingbirds to hover
at the syrup-filled cylinder,
offering their green-feathered breasts,
their ruby-throated bliss, for sugar.
They never appear. They know
that getting too close
is what makes suffering.
–excerpt from “Lesson” in To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn by Donna Pucciani (Virtual Artists Collection 2011). First published in Ariel.