Lesson

. . . 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.

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