I actually thought this story-poem was good enough to publish as a book. I was supposed to have posted it for Easter/Lenten Season but didn't. I hope you all enjoy:

WHY THE HUMMINGBIRD'S THROAT IS RED

A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
is a wonderful ----- sight to see
So, here's ----- a little story
that explains how ----- they came to be

One day ------ a Hummingbird
was sipping nectar ---- from some flowers
Then came ----- a little boy
And he watched ---- the bird for hours

The bird ----- had tiny wings
A tiny body ----- and tiny head
And the feathers ---- upon its throat
were a dazzling ----- Ruby Red

That night ----- the little boy
hopped in ----- his little bed
Then suddenly ----- he asked his mother
Why are Hummingbird's throats ----- bright red?

His mother ---- simply smiled
then kissed ----- his little head
And as ----- she tucked him in
This is what ----- his mother said:

This reminds me ----- of a story
that my mother ----- told to me
When I was ----- growing up
in a town ----- in Tennessee

An old farmer ----- wrote the story
But no one ----- really knows
It's called -----'Why The Hummingbird's -----Throat Is Red'
And this is ------ how it goes:

A long, long ----- time ago
All Hummingbirds ----- were Green
Their feathers ------- were Dull and Drab
with No ------ metallic sheen

The birds ----- were Green all over
just like ----- a Four-Leaf Clover
EXCEPT ------ their throats were White
Just like ---- The Cliffs of Dover

Then late ---- One Silent Night
A little Hummingbird ----- saw a Star
So, it followed it ------ across the Oceans
to a land ----- so strange and far

The place ----- was Bethlehem
And nothing ----- could be stranger
When the bird peeked ----- inside a barn
It saw a Baby ------- in a Manger

The Baby ----- was with His parents
His mother and father ------ beamed with love
But the Baby ----- had another Father
who lived high ----- up above

The Hummingbird flew ----- inside the Barn
To take ---- a closer look
There were Shepherds ----- in the Barn
Each with ---- a Shepherd's Crook

The Baby ----- was very Special
His face ----- had a glowing light
And if ------ you ever saw it
it would be ------ extremely bright

Three Men came ----- to see the Baby
Because they also ---- saw The Star
And like ---- the Hummingbird
They traveled ----- really far

The Three Men ------ adored the Baby
And they gave Him ----- Precious Things
The Three Men ---- were very Wise
Because they ----- were also Kings

The Hummingbird ----- loved the Baby
So it stayed ----- to watch Him grow
And the Hummingbird ----- would followed Him
Everywhere ----- the Boy would go

The years ----- would quickly pass
And soon the Boy ----- became a Man
And He would travel ----- to many places
According ----- to God's Plan

The Man's name ----- was Jesus
The Son ----- Of The Living God
And although ----- He was a Shepherd
He carried ----- no Staff or Rod

The Hummingbird ---- was at the Jordan
when Jesus was ---- baptized in the River
The Hummingbird ----- was at the Temple
For every Sermon ----- He would deliver

The Hummingbird ----- was at The Wedding
when Jesus turned ----- Water into Wine
The Hummingbird ----- was on the Mountain
where Jesus proved ---- He was Divine

The Hummingbird ----- was there
When five thousand ----- folks were fed
And the Hummingbird ---- was at the tomb
when He raised Lazarus ----- from the dead

The Hummingbird ---- was at each house
where Jesus ----- dined or stayed
The Hummingbird ---- was at Gethsemane
The Night ----- that Jesus prayed

The Hummingbird ----- was there
When Jesus ---- was whipped and scorned
And the Hummingbird ----- was there
When they placed ----- The Crown of Thorns

When Jesus carried ----- His heavy Cross
The little Hummingbird ---- was there
It faithfully ----- followed Jesus
which proved ---- the bird did care

And even though ---- the Roman soldiers
tried to shew ----- the bird away
The Hummingbird ---- was determined
to follow Jesus ----- all the way

The Hummingbird ----- was there
When they nailed Him ----- to The Cross
And it hovered ----- next to Mary
As she mourned ----- the son she loss

The Hummingbird ----- was there
When they set ---- The Cross upright
And the Hummingbird ----- stayed there
as the Day ----- turned into Night

Of all ---- Earth's flying creatures
The Hummingbird loved ----- The Lord the most
Suddenly ----- Jesus shouted
Then He ----- gave up the ghost

The Hummingbird ----- began to wonder:
Was The Lord Jesus ----- truly dead?
And the little bird ------ flew near
The thorny Crown ------ upon His head

Then a single ----- drop of blood
fell from Jesus's ---- Bleeding Head
It fell ----- upon the bird
And turned ----- his White Throat red

But the Blood ---- was very dark
so the red feathers ----- weren't bright
The Hummingbird ----- stayed with Jesus
until they took Him ----- down that night

The Hummingbird ----- was there
The night Jesus ---- came from the womb
And the little bird ----- was there
when Jesus rose up ---- from the Tomb

The little bird ----- was happy
Jesus was Alive! ----- No longer Dead!
And the feathers ----- upon his Throat
Became a vibrant ------ Ruby Red

The Hummingbird ----- began to sparkle
No longer ---- an ugly green
Its green feathers ----- began to shimmer
With a bright ----- metallic sheen

So the Hummingbird ---- was rewarded
for its Loyalty ----- Love and Care
The Red reminds us ----- of The Blood
And The Cross ----- Christ came to bear

And that is why ---- the feathers
On the Hummingbird's throat ----- are Red
They get their ----- pretty color
from the Blood ----- that Jesus bled

Blood gave ----- the bird its color
At least that's ----- what some folks say
And that is why ------ The Hummingbird
Looks like ----- it does Today