Hummingbirds of Louisa May Alcott


Jeff Harrison

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.
 
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LITTLE WOMEN
 
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
 
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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.
 
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UNDER THE LILACS
 
the male
White-eared
hummingbird
has a purple crown
 
the female
White-eared
hummingbird
has a green crown
 
were there
a Green-eared
hummingbird
with a white crown,
 
she'd see the limits
of a Purple-eared
hummingbird
with a white crown
 
(were there)
as lace, as
a lace-edged
handkerchief
 
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LITTLE MEN
 
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.
 
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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.
 
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THREE PROVERB STORIES
 
the Bearded Mountaineer hummingbird
is subtler & more heartless than other
hummingbirds who
 
(ascend, arose, accord - "we accord,"
the Night Wit answered)
 
tell futures
by which wind the pines wear. most
resemblant to shepherds standing in snow.