Mystifying Bella

Bella the Owl

“Perhaps he does not want to be friends with you until he knows what you are like. With owls, it is never easy-come-easy-go.” 

― T.H. White, The Sword in the Stone

She flew-
One early morn
Mystifying Bella
Resting in shade after hunting
All night

She gazed-
Into my soul
No more a mystery
To this miraculous creature
Golden

Owl eyes-
Wise and knowing
Trusting my gentle heart
With her life, slow ebbing away
Fading

Feathered-
Wings of power
Swift wind brushing my face
What beauty and grace to witness
Why me?

And now-
That she is gone
My world less magical
A feather drifting from the sky
Her gift

She flew-
Into my soul
Trusting my gentle heart
What beauty and grace to witness
Her gift

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: For six amazing days, I had a Great Horned Owl visiting me, filling my world with magic. Although I don’t know if it was male or female, I chose to call her Bella, which means ‘Beautiful” in Italian. And she was. Sadly, Bella died here in my yard. I like to think she sought me out to spend her last days in a safe and peaceful place. For those of you who follow me, you’ve seen pictures of my garden and know it is a haven for wildlife.

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 23 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: charmedchaos.com
and on her Amazon Author Page

Warrior

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She fought the gorgeous storm
 
with all her delicate strength
 
Spent and tired, at last she fell
 
giving in to the mighty wind.
 
Though her wings were fragile yet strong
 
she waged the battle but had little chance
 
against the tempest that swirled all around
 
and hearing the plaintive call of death’s song
 
she plummeted to earth amidst the squall.
 
I found her the day after
 
lying in the grey sand
 
still life of beautiful death
 
with amber wings tattered
 
her butterfly soul moved on
 
she fought with such true courage
 
through the wild and glorious storm.
 
©2018 Linda Lee Lyberg
 

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 23 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: charmedchaos.com
and on her Amazon Author Page

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Will You Find Me?

My aging hands hold this ancient soil crusted spade,
wood handle now faded, once painted bright yellow so you
could find it in the sea of resplendent greenery and dappled shade

You gripped it Mother, with the same graceful hands
that comforted me as a child and wiped away my tears,
as you painted monkey blood on my skinned knees
and took away the sting, always there to ease my fears

When I lose the spade in the garden as you once did
I often wonder, when my time on earth comes to an end
should I wear a golden daffodil dress so you can find me
in the vast sea of wandering souls who’ve moved on?

©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: My mother always called mercurochrome ‘monkey blood’ when I was small. *This is one from my archives as I am missing my mom today.

Deep in the Heart of Paris

Paris: September 2013

“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.

Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.

Nothing is more sublime.” 

― Victor Hugo

I’ll never forget our tiny bedroom
Deep in the heart of Paris
A cloud bed filled with pillows of down
Draped in faded covers soft and worn
Where jet lagged sex was the best
A drowsy languorous feast of flesh
Falling asleep, dreaming the dreams of gods
Bread and cheese and red wine flowed
Tall windows muted sounds of the city
While the river Seine below lazily rolled
Red velvet roses wilted on the battered dresser
We counted the days until they would fade away
And so would we, drifting back to reality
But oh! What memories we made

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poetics: Make Some Room

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 23 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: charmedchaos.com
and on her Amazon Author Page

#Haibun: Introspection

Piet Mondrian, ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-43, moma.org

There is more than one path to a soul’s door. Sometimes the door opens inward, and we search within ourselves to find the keys to life. Others open outward where we seek our answers from God, nature, a blue moon, the hot sun, or an unusual encounter. Whatever path we choose, they always lead us home to who we are and who were and who we will become.

summer sun rays shine
on path of introspection-
feather falls from sky

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Haibun Monday Meet Piet

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 23 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: charmedchaos.com
and on her Amazon Author Page

Things That Die Alone

Alone-

Whales beached on a sandy shore
Sea turtles caught in nets, no way to escape
Polar bears starving, wasting away
Rodents imploding from fatal poison
Hawks and owls doomed for ingesting them
Dandelions withering from chemical herbicides
Honeybees dying from lethal insecticides
Earth tainted from leaching pesticides
Humanity amidst Corona’s genocide
We are committing suicide, suicide, suicide
With this surge of our self- centered rising tide
Our souls rotting from the inside

-Alone

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Earthweal Weekly Challenge: Protest In a Time of Pandemic

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 23 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: charmedchaos.com
and on her Amazon Author Page

#Haiku: Summer Meadow

red summer meadow

in remembrance of spilled blood-

hope for the future

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Frank J. Tassone: #Haikai Challenge #140 summer meadow

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 23 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: charmedchaos.com
and on her Amazon Author Page

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