The Hummingbird

by Sheldon Lee Compton

The Hock Shop, and a Hummingbird for sale. Old magic and strange smells and the guitar on your side. Instruments of all types hanging from wall pegs. Guitars, banjos, mandolins. Each one hanging quietly like tacked up butterflies spilling color and the promise of beauty. A pin through it like the others, sold.


Sheldon Lee Compton lives in Eastern Kentucky. His work has appeared in New Southerner, The Beat and Zygote in my Coffee.