Literary Hook: The return of the trees and hummingbirds

June 12, 2013

Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Here is a poem celebrating the return of the bees and hummingbirds this season.

The Benevolence

Believe in the benevolence of bees

and bergamot beckoning hummingbirds.

Hail the tiny ones who sail thousands

of treacherous miles to return to us each year.

Rely on the wisdom of crows who congregate

on catalpa trees for their alarms are righteous.

Shout amen to each alleluia tree with branches

bearing fruit, turning leaves, and nests.

Give thanks to the rain and the sun that dance

in contrapuntal perfection their never ending fugue.

Bless each lady bug and firefly, for without them

summer holds less happiness to little children.

Glory be to the swallowtail and monarch

and every short but beautiful, mysterious life.

All gratitude to the gardeners, great and small,

the cultivators and creators, here and above.

Let us never forget the wind, great breath of life.

O, what benevolence bestowed each day

given to us without expectation of pay.

From the June 12-18, 2013, issue

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