Time to Fly


“Never love a wild thing…If you let yourself love a wild thing, you’ll end up looking at the sky.” 

Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories

Days of youth when nights never end

a wild haired gypsy child-woman

Silver earrings dangling

gaudy bracelets clanging

dancing to her favorite songs.

Caught up in a whirlwind

of colorful young men- yearning

to capture her body’s bright soul

tether her to their hungry embrace

put her spirit in its ‘rightful’ place.

But yet with sweet grace, she resists

elusive as a lace winged butterfly

she flits from honeyed bloom to bloom

never lingering in a heart too long

She takes to the skies, soaring ever higher.

©2022 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: It’s our 11th anniversary at dVerse and I am hosting today’s Poetics. The prompt is choosing one of 11 lines from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and using it to inspire a poem. The pub opens at 3 PM EST and I am serving pink champagne and lemon cake to celebrate. Of course, we’ll have our regular fare as well. Come join us!

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 26 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

31 Comments on “Time to Fly

  1. This is absolutely stellar writing here, Linda! I can picture her as she “flits from honeyed bloom to bloom
    never lingering in a heart too long.” 😀 Thank you so much for the lovely prompt! ❤️❤️

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  2. We chose the same quote, smiles. Love the free spirit specially: elusive as a lace winged butterfly, and soaring higher to the skies. Thanks for hosting! Thank you for being part of dVerse.

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  3. This puts me in mind of a passage from Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando” where an ardent young man is gently refused by a woman and he sputters, “But I love you!” as if that settles it.


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  5. yearning

    to capture her body’s bright soul

    It’s true, isn’t it…so much truth in such lovely verse, and so sad that it is so true…beautifully written and the ideas behind are so real..

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  6. I as one of your gypsy girl’s blooms, sat with her in the next-to-back-row of our Differental Equations Calculus class. I thought of her then as being a hippie girl with a big yellow dog outside tied to a stair railing.
    She fit your description well. BTW, she got an “A”, I ended with a “B”.

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