Each Day

She kept the sugar water full.
Each day checking the level
of liquid in the feeder.

The ghost waited each day
beneath the tree, each moment
in her presence a treasure.

A day, more or less, is not so much
when waiting for ones love to return.

But, the dead measure time by the
slow motion beat of hummingbird wings.

Each day an eternity awaiting
precious moments of bliss.

English: Anna's hummingbird at feeder during c...

 

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17 responses to “Each Day

  1. not sure who the ghost was…

  2. Oh, my God–I don’t care who the ghost was–this is the most gorgeous thing I have read.

  3. Very fine writing. I especially liked ‘But, the dead measure time by the
    slow motion beat of hummingbird wings.’ KB

  4. This is wonderful, so rich and poignant. And the photo with the hummingbird beneath the icicles, fabulous. Love, love, love the way your dead measure time.

  5. i like the contrast between the feel of waiting, which is never really much fun, and the bliss as well felt by the ghosts…

  6. Laurie Kolp

    Just love this, Mark… especially:

    But, the dead measure time by the
    slow motion beat of hummingbird wings.

    Each day an eternity awaiting
    precious moments of bliss.

  7. waiting and wonder…aren’t we balancing between those two all our lives…and oh if we could put up something sweet to attract the good things in life..

  8. waiting for what we’ve grown to rely upon… recognizing the multiple dimensions of time, both literally and experientially… this piece is both delicate and profound

  9. lucychili

    yes time is a tricksy dimension

  10. Mark, you have such a way with words, I’m constantly impressed with how your poems flow and touch my heart.

  11. Leo

    Lovely…my favorite of your recent post.

  12. Sweet. Makes me think a bit on “Cross in the Snow” but is much more pretty and alive. Love slo-mo hummingbirds!

  13. hopefulness shine in your words, well done.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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