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robert hillyer? The Victim
Posted by: odys (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: May 09, 2003 02:05PM

Anyone know where I can find Robert Hillyer's poem "The Victim"?
Ends with the lines

"The visionary hummingbird
Hit nothingness, and hit it hard."

Thanks,
Odys


Re: robert hillyer? The Victim
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: May 09, 2003 03:26PM

There are a lot of Hillyer poems here [www.sonnets.org]. That poem doesn't seem to be there, though.

pam


Re: robert hillyer? The Victim
Posted by: kevin (---.metlife.com)
Date: May 09, 2003 03:41PM

Here is some more reading material by Robert Hillyer..


The Five Books of Youth, by Robert Hillyer
[ibiblio.org];


Re: robert hillyer? The Victim
Posted by: Ankhutenshi (---.sympatico.ca)
Date: October 18, 2004 01:57AM

You provided me with the Author's name, thanx ! Here's the full poem:

The Victim

The hummingbird that darts and hovers
Made one fatal dart -- alas ! --
Against a counterfeit of flowers
Reflected in the window glass.
When four-o'-clocks had sunk in shadow,
The window caught an extra glint
Of colour, like the sudden rainbow
Arching the purple firmament.
Transcendent are the traceries
Illusion weaves to set a snare;
The quick competitor of bees,
Trusting his universe of air
For flight and honey dazzled so
In quest of sweetness, was waylaid
By something hard that had a glow
Brighter that that the garden made.
Illusion shatters; the ideal
Is much more ruthless than the real.
The visionary hummingbird
Hit nothingness, and hit it hard.




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