Arial Surprise

by Kevin T McEneaney

With widest spectrum of color

among all birds, they are the smallest birds,

excelling in hues of blue, green, purple.

Smaller hummingbirds beat gossamer wings

at about eighty flutters per second;

their rapid beating of wings is music

to those who view their lithe acrobatic,

marvelous, magical movement in air.

They require plenty of sugar water

because of their high metabolic rate,

the highest among all homothermic

animals dithering around the globe.

If a lady is pleasant, sweet to me,

I call her a fluttering hummingbird!