Early Spring, Padden Creek Trail

Deciduous trees budding.
Some early, quick leaves
clothe brush along trail.
A butterfly, rich brown wings
with yellow-white dots
alights on the trail, pauses —
for something I can’t see,
perhaps moisture,
sweet nectar of life.

So few blossoms. Just down
the trail, a translucent shimmer
on the ground — an insect?
When I see its pause end,
its return to hover and arrow,
I only imagine buzz or hum —
understand hummingbird
guess at its longing for moisture,
sweet nectar of life.

I know so little:
not the name of butterfly
not the name of hummingbird
not the name of this shrub,
not the name of that tree.
I am learning to see; I’m propelled
down this trail, compelled to draw
what I need from this trail:
sweet nectar of life.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo 2014 ~ Day 1

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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