Each morning the man with the camera waits
beside the bougainvillea
for the hummingbird’s visit.
Day after day at this hour he waits
for the fleet moment he means to trap
under glass or sell to magazines.
Such patience, says the poet
who returns each day to a few bare lines
scratched across a field of white.
Smallest things are often finest.
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Colin Morton has been a member of the League for 25 years now, and served as VP in 2000. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, and has published 10 books. “The Hummingbird” is from an unpublished manuscript with the working title “Touch and Go.”