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In the Company of Hummingbirds
Gail Goepfert


Uncountable wingbeats
thousands a minute rain
on the air as hummingbirds,
unmindful of time,
breakfast before clock orders day
and only the train
in the valley
conveying coal
moves on schedule.

Dashes to sweet blossoms
of trumpet vine nectar,
races to feeders,
as the tiny whisks in flight
make a game of the chase.

A fan of white-tipped feathers,
a face-off midair,
a dip and a rise two-stories high—
ruby throats flurry to feed, wise
to shadow the sweetness of day.

From in gratitude for days gone by (
Used here with the author's permission.



Gail Goepfert is a poet, amateur photographer, and teacher. Currently, she is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry. Her first chapbook, A Mind on Pain, was released by Finishing Line Press early in 2015, and her poetry and photos appear in numerous print and online publications. Gail lives  in the Chicagoland area. Learn more about her at


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One of my favorite poems, Gail. And the photo is wonderful. Thanks so much.
Posted 04/16/2011 01:53 PM
Love her poems. Loved her as my language arts teacher. Love her as my friend for 30something years. A real talent in so many ways.
Posted 04/16/2011 10:44 AM
Jane Stitzel:
Gail's poetry grabs me and freezes time for me to appreciate the beauty in all things. In this case, it is the hummingbird mid-flight! Jane Stitzel
Posted 04/16/2011 10:28 AM
I nosed around and learned that Gail Goepfert is a visual artist and photographer as well. Check it out.
Posted 04/16/2011 09:22 AM
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