Monday Poem

Hummingbird Acetylene

The turquoise flame of a hummingbird’s head Hummingbird2
is a blazing torch of acetylene

burning, as when my father put a welding tip to steel
joining parts of his world with the bluegreen flame
he held between

this hummingbird burns in afternoon light
at the mouth of a flower in god’s machine

jabbing her tip at a perfect hour
joining her flame to mine
in a darting iridescent sheen

by Jim Culleny