Treasure Island

Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Ballade: Cooper's Hawks and Black-chinned Hummers


The wary suitor bows with care;
he’s mate or meat to a girl this size.
But no, she loved his aerial flair
so hawks unite with fluttered sighs.
They gather sticks, sing lullabies;
he hunts, she broods, he kills, she rips
and downy hatchlings harmonize
a charming woodland partnership.

The hummingbird male threads tunes through air
with breakneck, spread-tailed, pendulum dives.
She’s dazzled by his savoir-faire
and swift love ends with swift goodbyes.
She gathers spiders’ webs and plies
a stretchy nest of soft leaf tips.
While wings and heartbeats race, time flies
in charming woodland partnerships.

Her nest lies near a hawk pair’s lair.
When she’s away they’ll supervise
and she’s too fast for hawks to snare.
The hawks are sure to capitalize.
They see her eggs as merchandise
enticing jays to risk a trip.
Some odd bedfellows socialize
in charming woodland partnerships.

If prey eludes a hawk’s red eyes
or if a hummer’s vigil slips,
then hunger pangs can strain the ties
of charming woodland partnerships.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 03, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Adult female Cooper's Hawks are significantly larger than males.
Several Black-chinned Hummers' nests may be found in the lower branches of a tree which contains the nest of a pair of Cooper's Hawks. Male Black-chinned Hummers are not involved in nest-building or raising chicks.

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  • Valsa George (4/22/2013 6:32:00 AM)

    Beautiful Diana! Varied and assorted partnerships thrive and perish in the woodlands! ! Swift loves end with swift goodbyes! Caring and sharing hawks' partnership lead to an enduring relationship with lovely hatchlings harmonizing
    a charming woodland partnership! A very enjoyable read! ! (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (4/22/2013 6:04:00 AM)

    I loved reading this poem that has great imagery and technically well crafted. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (4/20/2013 10:47:00 AM)

    A, B, A, B, B, C, B, C a charming woodland harmony!
    Loved the poem and technical structure (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (4/17/2013 10:30:00 AM)

    The Hawks and the Hummers and their building nests in this lovely poem offer a wonderful read, Diane! Thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (4/17/2013 3:55:00 AM)

    Loved it so true and it made me laugh which these days is a bonus What a good write BB : O) (Report) Reply

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