My hummingbird friend fans her wings in the spray from the hose. Then she settles on a yucca spear not a foot from my face. We like each other. We like these quiet moments together. Gazing, and breathing. Gazing, and breathing.
the cool of the day
has ten poetry books in print, most recently The Missing Peace (Velvet Dusk
Publishing, 2021). Her poems frequently appear in journals and anthologies, including
Spillway, Crab Creek Review, Apercus, Askew, San Pedro River Review, Mojave River
Review, The Coil, and Split Rock Review, among others. Her work has been
nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. In 2020, she took up short-form
poetry and has been exploring haiku, senryu, cherita, and related forms.
Cynthia is co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets
on Crows & Ravens (Green Poet Press). She makes her home in the Mojave Desert
near Joshua Tree National Park.
Author’s website: www.cynthiaandersonpoet.com