National Poetry Month Day 24

Few people have ever seen a nesting hummingbird, but if you’re one of them, this poem will transport you to that moment with precise and perfect description—and even a lilt of rhyme to lead you along. Mother & Moon was originally published in the Mojave Heart Review.

Photograph © Joanna Streetly

Tara K. Shepersky is a taxonomist, poet, essayist, and photographer. She makes her present home in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, with her main literary credential: a tuxedo cat named d’Artagnan. You can read recent and upcoming work in Whitefish Review, Shark Reef, and High Desert Journal, or connect with her at