Northern Jewels

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – “Traditional writing on a shining topic”  (posted by Lillian)
“Prompt is to write about something that relates to One Shining Moment for you. It could be an achievement, something you worked really hard for, a particular scene in nature that was awe inspiring, an occurrence in your life etc. What do the words One Shining Moment relate to in your life?”

My eight years of Oregon life, gifted me with golden moments–Pacific Coast beaches, Three Sisters mountains, and Multnomah Falls. Each time I discovered
spectacular scenes of nature, I marveled at them.

One moment that still resonates with me, is the first time I saw
a hummingbird up close. Tiny whirls of nacreous color darting
back and forth to partake of a feeder filled with hummingbird nectar.
I miss them.

poised in mid air
helicopter wings of Spring–
precious hummingbirds

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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15 Responses to Northern Jewels

  1. Indeed, a beautiful moment! 🙂 “Nacreous” is a great word.


  2. lillian says:

    Oh yes….I can certainly relate to this. There have been so many moments when I have been overwhelmed and awed by the beauty of nature and this earth. I’ll never forget the vacation where we went to the Grand Canyon. My husband had been there several times on geology field trips. I’d never seen it. He had me close my eyes and then led me to the rim. I literally gasped out loud. Photos in no way shape or form do it justice.
    And when you think about the beauty and precision and speed of those tiny birds…..I’ve never seen one up close…only from afar as in watching a feeder while I’m standing inside.
    And your haiku is great.
    So glad you posted to the prompt!


  3. Misky says:

    I love Oregon. As a child, our family would camp at a state park near Haystack Rock every summer. I seem to remember sliding down sand dunes on cardboard, too. As for humming birds, we don’t have them here in England. They’re beautiful little jewels.


  4. V.J. Knutson says:

    Oregon is so beautiful. A hummingbird encounter very welcome. Well written.


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  6. lynn__ says:

    Hummingbirds are exquisite creatures…a shining marvel of God’s creation!


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