Hummingbird*

September 15, 2019


2019 Walk Award
By Maddie Patterson, Grade 5

I stroked one finger along its delicate feathered body
It felt like nothing in my hand
allowing me to see its metaphors and similes
scrolled across it like a book of observations
Its neck was laced with bright red sequins
— Oregon grape in distress
Its eyes were little beads,
like tiny huckleberries
Its feet were the leaves,
of a Western red cedar
Its beak was bent,
like the branch of a Douglas fir
Its feathers, metallic flames
Its feathers,
soft scales
of rhody petals

. . . . .
*Copyright 2019 by Maddie Patterson. Broadside illustrated by Angela Boyle.

2 Responses to “Hummingbird*”

  1. Naomi Rudo Says:

    Wow Thank you Maddie for your lovely words and you Angela for the illustrated Broadside. They each show a part of what’s special about our world here.

  2. Marjorie Reichhardt Says:

    This is both beautiful and excellent. 5th grade. Really? I loved it. love Marj


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