John Grey


Hummingbird Lessons

Trumpet vine, bird in nest,
tiny eye glistening green,
female warming eggs,
beneath hard shell,
life enough to fill a pea

deep in garden,
male probing bell-flower for nectar,
humming backwards, forwards,
darting left, right,
no appetite for stillness

all of the world,
the feeding and the singing
and the mating and the breeding:
my back-yard is enough

and, even then,
some space for me
to stand, observe,
and not disturb the inference


John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in International Poetry Review, Chrysalis and the science fiction anthology, “Futuredaze” with work upcoming in Potomac Review, Sanskrit and Fox Cry Review.