What causes the iridescent hummer
to return to the feeder
in the side yard

Is it the shining red liquid
promise a jolt of nectar sweetness
or is it wiring in a tiny brain

Does the orange and black oriole
choose the pumpkin colored feeder
because it matches its plumage

Or because it can perch
better on the broad rim
while tiny hummers hover

Though the sun doesn’t move
how does the earth tilt on its axis
moving toward summer solstice

Do sunflowers follow its rising
and setting because it is the sun or
because they are smaller ones

Do we question because we seek
answers or do we only question
what we think we don’t know and

In the knowing feign surprise so
surreptitiously we pretend this game
unpacking answers to question more.

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