Poetry by Michelle

What the Hummingbird Knows


that it’s worth it to stand still
for a flower

that stillness
is a form of prayer

also it is
hard work

because everything around you
tells you to keep moving

if you’re fast enough
you might even outsmart death

but no
the hummingbird knows

death already has you
when the world has become a habit

and you are no longer astonished
by a flower.
— Michelle Barker, First Published in Room, 31.1

Michelle Barker's books on Goodreads
Old Growth, Clear-Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii Old Growth, Clear-Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii
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The Beggar King The Beggar King
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Tesseracts 14: Strange Canadian Stories Tesseracts 14: Strange Canadian Stories
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Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales
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