The Court Of The Hummingbird

The Court Of The Hummingbird

A Poem by Zoe Richardson

The furious beating of wings and the ability to fly backwards


I wanted to bring you

The treasures of my homeland

Gems of coal and red clay

Riches of rhymes steeped in forgiveness


I wanted to tell you stories

Of bright skies and blue mountains

Trees crackling with color

The scent of mimosa and honeysuckle

Hanging in the air


I wanted to give you a place

Of safety and respite

A river and a rolling sky

Crackling with thunder

Or redolent with sticky heat


You could have lived a thousand afternoons

Nestled in the ridges and valleys

Claimed your kingdom of magnolia and moonlight

All your wanderings ending at my door


Instead you haunt me here

Your clipped accent and mistrustful eyes

The business that never fills a single place

Stretches out like so many empty afternoons

The taste of water and burnt sugar

Bitter on my tongue


What did you glean from your gods

The ones who kept you rooted

I learned the lesson of the axe

Of fire and long journeys

The wisdom of never staying still


And now I am home, safe

Without you


-Zoe Richardson 

© 2022 Zoe Richardson

Author's Note

Zoe Richardson
Only the hummingbird can fly backwards. Perhaps that is the secret to time travel...

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Magnolia and Moonlight… where dreams are kept for Arabian nights with Hearts ♥️ entwined .. Beautiful poetry.. tenderly, Pat

Posted 3 Months Ago

Zoe Richardson

3 Months Ago

Thank you, Pat. The magnolias will bloom soon, and the air will be rich with the scent of magnolia a.. read more
Great use of hummingbirds as a metaphor... So many wonderful hidden meanings.. I am going back now to read it agin..
Lisa, now in Spain..

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

I have the exact same feeing about my poems... The problem is that many read but never review..
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Zoe Richardson

3 Months Ago

They miss the opportunity to gift someone with the encouragement they need to keep writing. And that.. read more

3 Months Ago

What a great idea..
Lisa, almost 7 am in Spain
Well do I know the drifter's heart that could inspire and write such words. And there is a solace, a safety if being a rover. Well done.

Posted 3 Months Ago

Zoe Richardson

3 Months Ago

Sometimes you have to go far away to realize where you truly belong. I do not regret my travels. The.. read more
M. J. Smith

3 Months Ago

As I appreciate your reviews on my own work. There are times when I miss the road. Seeing new things.. read more
This is a very interesting write which I enjoyed reading. And I love these lines from your profile...(I practice random acts of insanity because the world needs some shaking up.) LOL Thanks for sharing. ~Sharon

Posted 3 Months Ago

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4 Reviews
Added on March 2, 2022
Last Updated on March 2, 2022
Tags: Poetry, Feelings, Relationships, Birds, Love


Zoe Richardson
Zoe Richardson

Cordova, AL

Alabama native. Poet and storyteller and all around word nerd. I practice random acts of insanity because the world needs some shaking up. more..