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some suburban evening by A.J. Wright
published in Volume 2, Issue 2 on April 3rd, 1995

     i step out of the kitchen
     onto the patio and suddenly
     there's a hummingbird
     seconds from my face
     interrupted on his (her?) journey
     to the feeder just behind me


     and wings beating so fast
     all i can see is a body
     and a beak. the bird
     reminds me of the blonde
     i saw today in the grocery store,
     so cool and beautiful and unknown,


     the wings of her life
     invisible to the naked eye.

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