Once in a while,
once in a
so to speak,
the stars align just perfectly
and Heaven smiles down upon you
with an ear to ear grin
and bestows upon you get the opportunity
you never thought you'd get.
There on those slender branches
reaching for the sky
outside the upper floor window
just beyond the monitor
right there on those rain-kissed branches
whose leaves hold onto droplets
that sparkle like diamonds,
you discover that your little friend has come to call.
And miracle of miracles,
he allows you to reach out and grab the camera
sitting next to you. . . .
not only that, he waits for you to focus
even though he's wondering why
you're such a fumble-fingers.
When you're ready
he shivers and his feathers fluff
just the tiniest bit,
so you can see all the glorious colors on his back.
Then he turns
and looks over his shoulder
as if to say,
"Are you watching?"
and flutters his wings
so fast the camera's focus can't keep up
just to show off his wingspeed.
Then he asks,
would you like another view?
I'll show you my beak in profile
and even turn around so you can see
my adorable face.
I'll lift my chin just a bit
so you can see my iridescent crimson markings.
You can't see them very well?
Oh all right then,
here you go.
Then he blows you a kiss
gives you a wink,
and he's off.
So you give thanks
that come when you least expect them
and get out your bucket list
and mark off
"Get a picture of a hummingbird
on the tree outside my little office."