Dogs 2014

SUMMER'S WANE
(8/21/14)


I had hung
a hopeful
hummingbird feeder
out front
in May

other
than a few
insects
there were no
apparent takers

the level
always steady
I stopped refilling
the damned thing
even though
I had been advised
that the solution
could ferment
if not changed
every
several days

today
I saw
my first
hummingbird
taking a sip

he was
a bedraggled
scrawny
gray thing
much unlike
the plump
iridescent hued
avian
I had pictured
a few months
ago

if fermentation
was the result
perhaps
this was some
winged wino

I half
expected
a flying stagger
when it
finally left

but
after one zig
it zagged
straight out
of sight

maybe
I'd refill it
this weekend

maybe
not