Magazine article Women & Environments International Magazine

Happy Birthday, Girl!

Magazine article Women & Environments International Magazine

Happy Birthday, Girl!

Article excerpt

It's your birthday, and he's sent flowers.

Place the bouquet on the glass coffee table, under the window.

Go to the kitchen to find a suitable vase.

In an hour or so, there's a desperate little noise -

coming from inside the bouquet?

Part the blossoms, the greenery, and find-the size of your baby finger-

a fledgling hummingbird, its feet stuck

to the tape on the cellophane the flowers were wrapped in.

As the little body comes to life in the warmth of your room

it calls frantically! For nectar! For its parents!

Flow cautiously you free the wire-thin feet from the cellophane!

Flow trepidatiously you hold the tiny bird in your hand!

Flow carefully you put it in a box with a warm towel and close the flaps!

Flow vigilantly you go down in the elevator, get in the car,

and carry the desperation-filled box in to Wild Arc,

where they feed it with their smallest syringe. …

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