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As the Water

As the water arced out

from the hose end

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across the yard, a hummingbird

darted down to hover

near the stream, which I held

as steadily as I could,

as he twitched in the air

closer and closer. Finally,

he rose and vanished,

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deciding in favor of prudence,

as so many of us do

on so many occasions

less tense than the stream

blasting from a hose

thicker than the waist.

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