High-spirited hummingbird thirsty and parched
searches unceasing for moisture so scarce
flies to the fountain for droplets of froth
soars through the sprinkler for a sip on the fly
inspects a curled leaf to drain hidden dew
grabs a short shower in the garden hose spray
and zips to the birdbath, diving down for a drink.
While monarch stands still at the pond’s shallow edge
unfurling proboscis to suck and to savor
hummer hovers to dip slender bill for a taste.
Two creatures divergent in language and form
silently aware the other exists
share space to slake thirsts on a hot droughty day.
Sandy Baker ©2014 (reprinted from Redwood Writers 2014 Anthology Water)