J.R. Solonche is the author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Five Oaks Press), The Black Birch (Kelsay Books), I, Emily Dickinson & Other Found Poems (Deerbrook Editions), In Short Order (Kelsay Books), Tomorrow, Today and Yesterday (Deerbrook Editions), True Enough (Dos Madres Press), The Jewish Dancing Master (Ravenna Press), If You Should See Me Walking on the Road (Kelsay Books), In a Public Place (Dos Madres Press), The Time of Your Life (forthcoming April 2020 from Adelaide Books), The Porch Poems (forthcoming 2020 from Deerbrook Editions), and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books). He lives in the Hudson Valley.
I Am Waiting for the Hummingbird
I am waiting for the hummingbird.
I could be waiting for a lot of things.
I do not like waiting.
Not for phone calls.
Not for trains.
Not for appointments in waiting rooms.
I do not like waiting rooms.
Yet here I am waiting for the hummingbird.
Yet I do not dislike this waiting, for it does not feel like waiting.
It feels like arriving.
It feels like arriving, perpetually, at a distant port of call.
Waiting for the hummingbird is not at all like waiting.
© 2019 J.R. Solonche