In Response to The One Truth

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“I see today that everyone on earth wants the answer to the same question but none has the language to ask it.”Jim Harrison

The One Truth

I want to ask the moon
how many lovers she has had for
I know it must be many
with her luminous personality.

I want to ask the mockingbird
what did you feel when the hawk
stole your innocent fledgling
from the woven nest
As I heard your eerie keen,
I cried a tear and wondered
did you feel regret for its horrible death?

I want to ask the stars
how they keep on shining
through the dark and dreary times
of a soul-less night.

I want to ask my heart why it keeps on loving.
Is the pain that comes with it
a vital part of the pleasure,
can there be the treasured one
without the dreaded other?

I don’t know the answers
or the language in which to ask
so I’ll pour another glass of the one truth-
the wine; wasting away
the hours as I contemplate the past
and all the questions left
unanswered but forever asked

©2018 Linda Lee Lyberg

The Response

The moon spoke to me tonight
and though she has many admirers
no lovers are in sight for who
could compete with her
luminous light?

A grey mockingbird came
to me in a gossamer dream
Though weeping over her loss
she whispered, fear not the circle of life
for the circle is always the same

One night bright stars shook from the sky
falling at my feet, dancing like fireflies
swirling in the meadow’s trembling heat
they sang to me- indigo blue rain is sweet reprieve
for life is perfect on a hot summer’s night

One lonely night my heart woke me
with its silent weeping
in pain over lovers lost, she sighed
‘your pain is the ultimate cost
of loving unconditionally’

And in the late night ebony hours
when the bottle of wine is empty
its jade shadow falls upon the table
while pale flickering candlelight wanes
as wax trickles down liking fading flowers

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: MTB Palinode

Author’s note: This is my first time to write a Palinode. Challenging exercise!

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 their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

25 Comments on “In Response to The One Truth

  1. Nice. Jim Harrison lived close to me here in upper Michigan. And had a place near ours in the Michigan’s U.P. I drank wine with him two nights in a brew pub with another friend, late Sept. when fishing/bird season overlapped and we’d been out not only doing both, but aware we were doing it in his stomping grounds, but wenever told him I was part of Michigan’s literary community since he got weird if he thought people were using him. I forbade my friend to tell him. They were really nice nights. Saw his bird dog Rose. He was very nice and polite to us, recommended a wine. Tempier Bandol, an affordable French wine. Good writer. He also graduated from the same high school I did downstate and we had mutual good friends — it’s a small world.

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  2. I love how each stanza from the first poem, is answered in the second poem. This part just looks magical:

    One night bright stars shook from the sky
    falling at my feet, dancing like fireflies

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  3. This is incredibly gorgeous, Linda! 😀 I love the process of contemplating in your Palinode especially; “and though she has many admirers no lovers are in sight for who could compete with her luminous light?” The way you answer the questions posed in the original poem is commendable. 💝💝

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  4. I like how you have provided answers to all of the questions asked in the first poem, and not necessarily the expected answers. I simply love this stanza:

    ‘I want to ask my heart why it keeps on loving.
    Is the pain that comes with it
    a vital part of the pleasure,
    can there be the treasured one
    without the dreaded other?’

    So poignant and perfectly phrased!

    Liked by 2 people

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