elpis

Contributor

fleetingly she glimpsed by ---

a backyard hummingbird fluttering,

feeding her hatchlings:

 

spiny, naked little things,

blind and squirmy,

perilously craning,

 

that grew feathers and left

magnificently

to dispense her blessings,

           to become her champions,

           her messengers

in the midst of a deep, deep suffering.