A Momentary Pause

Happiness is an elusive hummingbird
With iridescent feathers taunting and teasing
Tiny black fruit flies swarming in evening breeze

I watch this graceful dance of life and death
As the brilliant jeweled bird flicks his forked tongue
Savoring every tasty bite before taking flight

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Quadrille Monday Lillian is hosting today and we are generating some happiness!

40 Comments on “A Momentary Pause

  1. Oh you’ve written delightfully about one of my most favorite creatures in the whole world: the hummingbird. Love this! The brilliant jeweled hummingbird flicking its tongue as its wings whirr….wonderful! 🙂

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  2. Oh, I love this:

    “I watch this graceful dance of life and death
    As the brilliant jeweled bird flicks his forked tongue
    Savoring every tasty bite before taking flight”

    Happiness is always needed, but indeed, it can be a fleeting thing. Just like the bird, it can be there for one moment and disappear shortly after. I think it gives us a time to reflect and appreciate our feelings and emotions connected with happiness, what we consider that makes us truly happy. It can make us appreciate those things more.

    Beautifully and eloquently written, Linda.

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  3. Personally, I prefer my fruit flies on a bagel. My grandfather used to say,”Happiness is those fleeting moments you are not in pain.”

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  4. Beautiful! And quite timely, as over the weekend I got quite close to a hummingbird that was sitting on a palm leaf! It was so cute and made me very happy 🙂

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  5. I don’t know which do I adore more, hummingbirds or this quadrille 😀 stunning, stunning use of language especially; “As the brilliant jeweled bird flicks his forked tongue.” 💝

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  6. What could be more uplifting / happiness inducing than this show, eh? Don’t have to stand in line to buy tickets, or sign in to ZOOM, or anything else. Just sit back & smile, watching the colorful feast. Great stuff, Linda.

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  7. You’ve chosen a perfect symbol of fleeting happiness here: even though the hummingbird is teasing the fruit flies, there is a menace to their presence. I like the contrast and how this leads into the ‘graceful dance of life and death.’

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  8. Happiness certainly can seem illusive, as rare as the sight of a wonderful hummingbird at times. Beautifully expressed. Maybe we should set our expectations a little lower?

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