Hummingbird Weather

Tiniest, daintiest of birds,
Blithe and bright and nimble,
You became our guest
When you built a nest
The size of Mother’s thimble.
You brooded the eggs, the fledglings too,
Ever alert to danger.
You chased away
A robber jay
A tomcat, a prowling stranger!
We watched your babies try their wings,
Then you all flew off together.
Now we hope next year
You’ll fly back here,
The South on each jeweled feather.

[illustration] Illustrated by Dick Brown