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A Hungry Bird Revisited

by Karl Waldbauer

I saw the hungry hummingbird
shopping the other day.
After several years
the power was gone,
he'd never drain my heart again.
What happened was
I felt quite sad
when I saw his sorry state.
Confusion had replaced his cool,
his glow had grown quite dim.
The emerald feathers,
the energy,
were gone
and he was gaunt.
I wished him well,
bought Gator-Ade,
then continued on my way


Author's Note: I ran into the hungry bird after several years' separation and saw a man I had never known before. Good luck and do take better care of yourself are my only wishes for him now.

Posted on 10/19/2003
Copyright © 2022 Karl Waldbauer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Max Bouillet on 10/29/03 at 05:35 PM

Amazing how the effects of time can change our emotional outlook. Great verse that speaks directly to the reader.

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 07/18/04 at 08:48 PM

i'm with max on this one...i also think that time gives us the proper perspective. yes, we sometimes see people fall on hard times, and lose their pretty feathers, but often, the fancy plumage is just a mirage. we delude ourselves, see that fantasy person as being flawless, and, dang, there's nowhere to go but down from there. as time passes, we grow, hopefully, and have higher standards for ourselves, and that leads to shattering the illusions of that person's perfection.

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