We were in the heart of wildness when it appeared
Long, elegant body, defying gravity as it clung
To the bark, then released, clung, then released,
Flitting from trunk to trunk, searching for sustenance
There among the trees, just as we, too, sought nourishment.
At the flash of its red-feathered head,
You dug into your field guide, seeking a name
Looking and looking, until you smiled, satisfied
And read it aloud,
Never noticing how the words
Fell heavily at your feet, to join the detritus
On the forest floor.
Never noticing that beauty which had flown,
Had disappeared into the depths of
This mysterious world
While you were looking down.