Poem with an explanation: The hummingbird and the crow

The hummingbird and the crow

The two birds landed outside a garden,
a hummingbird and a crow,
and both perched atop a fence rail,
and looked within the garden.

A hummingbird and a crow,
together they stood silent for a moment,
and looked within the garden,
at all the plants that grew.

Together they stood silent for a moment,
and the hummingbird gazed,
at all the plants that grew,
and it flew into the garden.

And the hummingbird gazed,
above the flowers with their open petals,
and it flew into the garden,
and began to drink.

Above the flowers with their open petals,
the crow flew into the garden,
and began to drink
from a fountain in the center.

The crow flew into the garden,
and as it drank,
from a fountain in the center,
a man ran there yelling.

And as it drank,
filled with emotion,
a man ran there yelling,
and chased it away.

Filled with emotion,
a hummingbird thought of its hunger,
and chased it away,
as it drank nectar.

A hummingbird thought of its hunger,
and it flew above the flowers,
as it drank nectar,
and then it left the garden.

And it flew above the flowers,
as it fled from the shouting man flapping its crow wings,
and then it left the garden,
to find somewhere else.

As it fled from the shouting man flapping its crow wings,
the crow looked around,
to find somewhere else,
where it could rest.

The crow looked around,
seeing the hummingbird search for a place,
where it could rest,
after drinking the nectar.

Seeing the hummingbird search for a place,
some place to pause,
after drinking the nectar,
the two birds landed outside a garden.

 

This poem is about injustice.  It’s about the difference in experiences of the hummingbird and crow.  They both go to the same place and do similar things, but the hummingbird has a pleasant experience, and the crow has a harsh one.  This idea could be seen as metaphorical of situations people may experience.

This poem used the poetry form pantoum.  Because of the structure of the form, thought was given to the repeating lines to make sure they would make sense in two contexts.

 

P.S. See yesterday’s post to vote for next week’s poem series subject.

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