Hummingbird at the Fuchsia

You’re so much a New World bird!

Humming at audible high frequencies, your wings

allow you to hover, even fly backwards.

The highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.

What Aztec warrior returned to my garden?

 

Huitzilopochtli
Huitzilopochtli, the principal Aztec in hummingbird headgear

Aztecs wore hummingbird talismans, sometimes made from parts of real hummingbirds, as emblems of energy and sexual power. Their sharp beaks were seen as instruments of weaponry, bloodletting, penetration, and intimacy. The Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as a hummingbird. I find it odd, considering their delicacy, that it was believed that fallen warriors would return to earth as hummingbirds or butterflies.

hummingbird

To Break Earth’s Sleep

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65 years since North invaded South Korea.

First war the U.S. concluded without success.

No celebration. More than 3 million died.

620,000 in our Civil War. In Vietnam,

more than a million. Do the math.


The title is taken from “Futility” by Wilfred Owen, a poem about moving a recently deceased fellow soldier into the sun, hoping its warmth will revive him. But, despite the sun’s life-giving properties, it can do nothing for the young man.

Studies in Relativity On A Summer Rainy Day

I was thinking about an Einstein quote while watching the rain falling.

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.” ― Albert Einstein

That inspired today’s ronka poem.

summer rain

 

The rain has made the day longer

than twenty-four hours. The air is thick.

We walk slower. Clockworks struggle a bit

to advance. Time and space bend me

and this 5/14’s of a rainy sonnet.