Hummingbirds of Louisa May Alcott
ARIEL. THE LEGEND OF A LIGHTHOUSE
Calothorax lucifer, the Lucifer hummingbird,
is 3.25 inches long, with a thin decurved bill
& a white spot behind each eye. they excell
in nothing, hence their name, as they cannot
bear to chance a reward in words.
the Calliope hummingbird prefers slothful mountains,
& has been seen as high as 11,000 feet.
miniscule green feathers cover a barbarous hide.
it builds its nests over creeks, or over roads next
to streams - to lakes. such waters cover barbarous hides.
to write at length on feathers requires mention of
birds, streams, lakes, bark, leaves, grass, hair, speech,
financial transactions & a fl. fl.uttering & a fl. fl.apping
V.V.; OR, PLOTS AND COUNTERPLOTS
the Rufous hummingbird, having an ideal size
to weight ratio, outflies all other hummingbirds.
has the longest migration route of any U.S. hummingbird.
"wanderings shall soften me," frets many a Rufous.
UNDER THE LILACS
has a purple crown
has a green crown
with a white crown,
she'd see the limits
of a Purple-eared
with a white crown
as lace, as
the Wedge-tailed Sabrewing hummingbird
has a daylight-fine shade, she's a ribbon the
air surveys. such liberty! liberty, to exchange
unanxious play! despite humming wings.
SILVER PITCHERS, AND INDEPENDENCE
Reddish Hermit hummingbirds "Sarah!" have
a fondness "Sarah!" for Heliconia "Sarah!" plants.
iridescence "Sarah!" in the Reddish Hermit
is "Sarah!" rare & is limited "Sarah!" to the throat
or crown "Sarah!". they overstep the shade.
THREE PROVERB STORIES
the Bearded Mountaineer hummingbird
is subtler & more heartless than other
(ascend, arose, accord - "we accord,"
the Night Wit answered)
by which wind the pines wear. most
resemblant to shepherds standing in snow.