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When I was growing up my grandmother always had at least one fuschia on the front porch....the kind you get at your local garden center. It was lovely and tropical looking and a wee bit on the finicky side to take care of. When I discovered the California Fuschia I fell in love. I couldn't believe how beautiful and lush it was with so little water or attention. And talk about a hummingbird magnet! To see a large bush of them cascading down a bank looks like it it raining fire to me.


hummingbird magnet
red trumpets
trumpet firey red
raining trumpet fire
hummingbird guards red trumpet
one hummingbird guards his prize
hungry visitors
hungry mobs
others wait their turn
others go hungry

California Fuschia

inside trumpet fire
one hummingbird guards his prize,
others go hungry

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 19, 2009

@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009


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April 20th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
I like this. Hummingbirds are SO tough, and you never do see them hanging out together. :)
April 22nd, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
They get very defensive about protecting their space.
April 21st, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Hi Susan,
I want to commend you for writing haiku. I don't know anything about them but I am enjoying your verses.

April 22nd, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
Re: haiku
Thank you, Carma. I didn't know much about haiku when I started this project but I'm learning.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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