Guardian Hummingbird

Guardian hummingbird
Perches nearby
Watching his
Five private feeders,
Swaying, clicking, chirping in warning
To those encroaching on his
Glass harem of sugar water.
He claims them by being present.
Showing up counts for something,
Possessing them,
Flitting from one branch to another,
Telling others of his species where the boundary of his world begins.
When a small thirsty relative intrudes
The guardian hummingbird charges,
Dive bombs,
Jousting with his needle-tipped beak,
Giving chase and drawn away
So another selfish bird can trespass and try to
Take his place.

© Poem Fix 2012
Photo by Poem Fix

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