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Post by Eternum 1 » Sun Jul 17, 2005 4:14 pm

Hi Debab,

I like the piece and it's very descriptive of hummingbird flight so my title would be "Hummingbird Flight".


Here is something I found about this amazing creature:

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards and upside down. During mating season, male hummingbirds fly backwards, then forwards to attract a mate. Hummingbirds can fly horizontally, do barrel rolls, and even hover in mid-air.

Hummingbirds flap their wings over 10 times a second, and their heart beats over 1 000 times a minute. Normally, they have to eat their whole weight in food each day to maintain enough energy to last. Their wings are very strong, and the wing muscles account for about 25-30 per-cent of their body weight.

To hover, their wings paddle horizontally, making a cycle in both directions, in a figure-eight movement. In doing this, the wings pivot, making the feathers descend, pushing air in either direction. To fly forward, the wings paddle vertically.

Because of their size, hummingbirds have a flight technique more like insects then birds. Their bodies aren't horizontal, but up-right. This means the wings can't move up and down, like other birds, but sweep backwards and forwards, pushing air up instead of down. The wings pivot exactly 90 degrees every time they change direction. This allows air to get pushed up no matter what direction the wings move. Hummingbird wings are like the horizontal rotor of a helicopter.

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Post by debab » Sun Jul 17, 2005 6:57 pm

Tom Watson- :oops: that was a generous and kind compliment... big hug from this writer. I'm happy you read this poem and responded with your thoughts.

Eternum 1-That was Fascinating! I knew hummingbirds flew backwards but that's about all... pretty funny, I made quite the picture acting out the motions of the wings from your info to better understand, and then I hear laughter behind me... :lol:

thanks! :cool:
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name them, or read the mute syllables graven in silica.
To see a red stone is less than seeing it as jasper—
metamorphic quartz, cousin to the flint the Kiowa
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Post by Eternum 1 » Sun Jul 17, 2005 7:25 pm

:mrgreen:

Within my Garden, rides a Bird

Within my Garden, rides a Bird
Upon a single Wheel --
Whose spokes a dizzy Music make
As 'twere a travelling Mill --
He never stops, but slackens
Above the Ripest Rose --
Partakes without alighting
And praises as he goes,
Till every spice is tasted --
And then his Fairy Gig
Reels in remoter atmospheres --
And I rejoin my Dog,
And He and I, perplex us,
If positive, 'twere we --
Or bore the Garden in the Brain
This Curiosity --
But He, the best Logician,
Refers my clumsy eye --
To just vibrating Blossoms!
An Exquisite Reply!

---Emily Dickinson
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Post by debab » Sun Jul 17, 2005 7:41 pm

ahhh... I love Emily. :cool:
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...Yet the stones remain less real to those who cannot
name them, or read the mute syllables graven in silica.
To see a red stone is less than seeing it as jasper—
metamorphic quartz, cousin to the flint the Kiowa
carved as arrowheads.
To name is to know and remember
_____________'Words', Dana Gioia







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Post by debab » Sun Jul 17, 2005 7:53 pm

According to my well thumbed and broken spined copy of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson as edited by Thomas H. Johnson: it's poem #500, a number assigned after her death to all her poems--- as of course she never titled her poems. she's my all time favorite master poet!! :grin:
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...Yet the stones remain less real to those who cannot
name them, or read the mute syllables graven in silica.
To see a red stone is less than seeing it as jasper—
metamorphic quartz, cousin to the flint the Kiowa
carved as arrowheads.
To name is to know and remember
_____________'Words', Dana Gioia







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Post by heinzs » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:55 pm

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Re: not titled yet

Post by bags123 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:06 pm

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Post by Laverne Pacquire » Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:17 pm

a hummingbird, well!

one line i love ----
[indent][/indent] spins time in milliseconds.


has got me thinking about a lot of things, but the visual is unclear
[indent][/indent]the business of insects and beavers halt.

for some reason, i think about the speed of a hummingbirds wings, and not the hummingbird itself.
this poem is really fast with action and description. if you didn't say anything about the hummingbird my second guess would be a rocket launching into outerspace :mrgreen:

well gotta go!

debab wrote:I'm a little nervous, never asked for serious critique before, but I want to know how this reads and what doesn't work...
thanks.

Vibrancies flash multitudinous color
world of blur unzips space
in nodding trumpets.
Business of insects
and beavers halt.
Leaves awake to quake
& grip the flummoxed air.
Bright scintilla; sumptuous
in shimmered dexterity,
spins time in milliseconds.
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