At dusk millions spring forth
an undulating river of writhing
at dawn they sleep as one
conjure in their single hive-like dream
Selasphorus platycercus née broad-tailed hummingbird
don a dinner jacket of fine white breasted feathers,
the gorget a rose colored silk tie—wear a crown
of bronze and emerald
with wings that whistle like a cricket in flight.
Oh how they would acquiesce the vampire—
bargain away the colony
to suckle sweet Azalea, Fuchsia, and Jewelweed
to inherit the sun.