Day 4: Bella

Bella the owl

“It was great to see the owls,” I said.

She smiled.

“Yes. They’re wild things, of course. Killers, savages. They’re wonderful.” 

― David Almond, Skellig

I call your name to the sky
And here you are, once more
Looking down at me from on high
As if to say, “Yes, Bella is my name.”

And my ordinary life as I know it,
Will never be the same.

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: My beautiful friend the owl has returned. I will call her Bella. I am blessed to be graced with her presence and I treat every time that I see her as if it will be my last, because it may well be.

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Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at:
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40 Comments on “Day 4: Bella

  1. Now that the last of our snow has (finally!) vanished & the field mice are rampant out in the back acreage, we’re visited by 3-5 hungry, gliding grey hawks. It’s cool to watch them swoop down, empty-taloned & rise again, almost immediately, snacks for the nestlings still wriggling as they go.
    I never thought of naming them, though. Cool write, Sistah!

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  2. Love that photo. Definitely a connection being made. And I like that you have given her a name that means beautiful. It is also the name of one of my granddaughters. I am in awe…


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  3. She’s so beautiful! 💝 I believe that if one is seeing owls frequently has tapped into deeper knowledge and intuitive wisdom 🙂

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  4. Such magic. I was visited by a red-tailed hawk once, who sat on the fence post at the end of my drive for two weeks straight. I was going through a particularly dark period of depression and I credit the visitor with guiding me past it. He has been inspiration for stories and poems since. Wonderful.

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  5. One of the best tthings in nature whether at home in your garden or in the wild is the trust an animal or bird has when you encounter one another.

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  6. Ooh, have you read Skellig, Linda? It’s one of my favourite children’s books by a modern author. David Almond is a magical writer. And your experience with Bella is magical! The owls that sometimes visit the silver birches at the end of our garden are very stand-offish, and they only come out at night.

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  7. She is beautiful! The only good thing about the awful job I had in 1999 working night shift at a rechargeable battery factory was going outside for a break to see and hear the owl in the tree near the place.
    ~Cie from Poetry of the Netherworld~

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