Contents | November 2002

More on poetry from The Atlantic Monthly.


The Atlantic Monthly | November 2002
 
Hummingbird

by Sue Standing
 
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No matter how fast my heart,
yours beats faster.

What would ever
make you stay?

A rose named for Frédéric Mistral.
The Arctic Queen Nectarine.

Orchids in Malawi
(over four hundred species).

Kashmiri meadows, a perfume
that almost hurts.

Perhaps a miraculous shift
—red or dress or attitude—

would keep you hovering here
more than a millisecond touch-and-go.

No matter how fast my heart,
yours beats faster.

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Sue Standing directs the creative-writing program at Wheaton College and is the author of Amphibious Weather, Deception Pass, and Gravida. Her new collection of poems, False Horizon, will be published next spring.

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The Atlantic Monthly; November 2002; Hummingbird; Volume 290, No. 4; 96.