Word limit 55



They battle the lovely and the deadly.

Over the sweet nectar hidden behind

A clear plastic neck from a pot hanging.

Ms. Wasp and Mama Hummingbird.

Both seeking the sweetness, needing it.

Eager to drink from the sticky sweet

Fighting for the right to call that place

Their own. To fly. To fight. To live.


and this for Brian, a graphical 55, Happy Birthday buddy! [load cake: failed] 

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Having a party at the dVerse Pub tonight with Brian, the Birthday Boy, tending bar. Make sure you buy him a drink before closing!  A double link up, reverse surprise party in the key of 55.  Join in, won’t you?



  1. FlutePlayer said,

    August 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Light follower.

  2. Mary said,

    August 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    It seems all living things have a tendency to fight about territory…even the wasp and hummingbird! Enjoyed this….as well as your special poem for Brian!!

  3. Glenn Buttkus said,

    August 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Great job, Shanyn; loved how you played & played with the form. Leave it to Brian to give himself a present of honoring G-Man; he is all heart & he is all ours at dVerse.

    • shanyns said,

      August 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks Glenn! It was fun 🙂 And yeah is is all ours!

  4. claudia said,

    August 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    ah we all fight for the sweet sometimes…we all need it.. Ms. Wasp and Mama Hummingbird… very cool… and great graphical 55 as well..and what a lovely birthday present for a way cool poet…smiles

    • shanyns said,

      August 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Aww thanks Claudia! It was fun. Just took the pics yesterday so it seemed to fit. Glad you enjoyed them.

  5. howanxious said,

    August 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Nice. You created a lovely image of every living creature striving to live freely.

  6. brian miller said,

    August 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    ha. def nature taking its course…i love the hummers….they hang out with me in the mornings….the bees too…they both have a sweet tooth for sure…i see you numbers but i def look for signs an wonders…ha

    • shanyns said,

      August 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      I love the hummers but they can be tough little fighters! So cool they hang out with you. It is a treat isn’t it? I like that you, like me, still look for the signs and wonders! Happy Birthday!

  7. August 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I just love hummingbirds and you brought them to life through your images and verse.

  8. August 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Great two entries… love th play with the second… and the firt one with the hummingbird and wasp… sweet as nectar.

  9. Gay Cannon said,

    August 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Imagist poem – full of color and life. Well done.

  10. August 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Enjoyed the slice of that sweet life – the wasp and hummingbird fighting it out ~ Wishing you a lovely day ~

    • shanyns said,

      August 23, 2013 at 3:41 am

      Thanks! 🙂 It was a lovely day! Did some more hummingbird photos!

  11. wolfsrosebud said,

    August 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    loved the short sentences at the end… added a nice punch

  12. August 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I love the fighting for life you describe here. I have hummingbird feeders too and I’m endlessly fascinated by them – exquisite, the birds and your poem.

    • shanyns said,

      August 23, 2013 at 3:43 am

      They are such cool birds! Thanks for coming over, so glad you enjoyed the poems.

  13. hisfirefly said,

    August 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    loved them both!

  14. margaret said,

    August 23, 2013 at 12:28 am

    I wonder… if they both showed up at the same time, do the battle it out? And who would win?

    • shanyns said,

      August 23, 2013 at 3:43 am

      They do some really interesting air battles…the hummingbird usually gets the wasp to retreat, but sometimes she retreats. The wasp can’t drink until after the hummer because she slurps a bit 🙂

  15. August 23, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Birds are so territorial, but fighting a wasp…oh dear must be some daring hummingbird… lovely 55! 🙂

    • shanyns said,

      August 23, 2013 at 5:32 am

      Thank you, and yes she is fearless! I won’t tangle with that queen, but she does! Thanks for coming over.

  16. August 23, 2013 at 5:56 am

    how simple life would be if territories were only inhabited by the humming bird…and not the wasps.. nice 55

    • shanyns said,

      August 23, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      That would be good wouldn’t it? But then the wasp is only grouchy in August when she is getting ready for winter. The rest of the time they mostly eat bugs that are not our friends – she is dangerous to be sure but not all bad! Glad you enjoyed your visit~

  17. grapeling said,

    August 23, 2013 at 6:23 am

    doubly cool, Shan ~ M

  18. Susan said,

    August 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I enjoyed the first, but found the second astonishingly good and original for a poignant birthday.

  19. kelvin s.m. said,

    August 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    …ha, the hungriest will win for sure…. if only give-&-take is common to all living kind… loved this… smiles…

    • shanyns said,

      August 23, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you! And yes if a wasp and a hummingbird can figure out taking turns, shouldn’t we be able to do the same?

  20. G-Man said,

    August 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you so much Shan for the visit.
    I hope you found this challenge to be FUN.
    Loved your Backyard 55
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

    • shanyns said,

      August 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you for the challenge, it was incredibly fun 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my poems, and yes I do plan on having a kick ass weekend! You as well!

  21. August 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Shannon, it seems to me that you and I share the same backyard, the same love of nature, and the same observations. That exactly what’s happening here. We have an oriole feeder and one for the hummer and then one with seeds. The orioles have split for the year and the wasps, bees and hummers have taken over! And then the doves and smaller birds compete for the seeds. What a show. I love it, except for the horrible smoke we have right now.

    • shanyns said,

      August 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      I would LOVE to visit your yard! It sounds like my kinda place! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and sharing, hope the smoke goes away soon and the fires that are causing it!

  22. ManicDdaily said,

    August 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Both of these are so much fun, Shanyns – the bird one is beautiful, but I especially like the fun tribute to Bri. Thanks much. K.

    • shanyns said,

      August 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed them. It was great fun!

  23. Ruth said,

    August 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    very cool, couldn’t be more different (way to go!) – i especially enjoyed the second one for bri

  24. Rallentanda said,

    August 24, 2013 at 1:11 am

    We don’t having humming birds here. They look very interesting. We do have wasps. .( horrid creatures) Your poem could be a metaphor for our planet…good one!

  25. kaykuala said,

    August 24, 2013 at 2:54 am

    The will to survive aptly rendered here. A lesson here that, many seek and yearn for the same thing. They fight for it. Great thoughts Shanyn!


  26. Tony Maude said,

    August 24, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Really enjoyed both of these – the first for its honest, warts and all view of life, the second for it’s fun and cleverness.

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