With the Sound of a Hummingbird’s Wings
~ Jenna P. Lyons
Do you think it would be so outrageous to ask the way of the world
to suddenly and sweetly let its heart stop for a brief interlude?
To quit turning and seeking and giving,
and just for a moment—for a segment of a second—be still and see itself
And to hear the rhythm with which it breathes and lets breath come
To advance into the future on the same axis
that allows a metallic green feather
to fall from the sky into the arms of a fallow, waiting ground.
To unrequitedly look itself in the mirror
To see its reflection and to feel a desire—
To hope and to pray and to love and inspire
the introspection of even a brittle hummingbird
Whose heartbeat and flitting speed
aspires to match that of even your own thoughts
Yet, whose silence in ascension ceases the composure
and grace of the most desperate
And do you think it would be so outrageous to not kneel down,
but rather to fall down
on your knees
and suddenly—uninhibited and crying—say all the things you deem to
To tell all of the people and all of the things
that you dream of them in color…
That you sleep with the wings of the wind on your mind—
that you walk with the sole intention of letting your soul unwind
And then you whisper.
With the sound of a hummingbird’s wings.
Jenna Penielle Lyons was born in Portales, New Mexico among sage and sand. Raised in Pocatello, Idaho among the black rock and juniper, she grew up wandering in cowboy boots, running, riding bikes, skiing, climbing, painting and studying classical ballet. She is a scholar of English Literature, a poet, painter, photographer, musician, metalsmith and outdoorswoman. She winters in Missoula and spends the summer working for Snake River Hotshots. She is a lover of mountain bluebirds and elephants, tea and good coffee, Carl Jung, Salvador Dali, yoga, harp music and sagebrush. Her favorite foods are borscht and any combination of chocolate and cayenne pepper. Check out her work and follow her adventures at http://www.thelyonsroarliterature.blogspot.com.
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Ed: Bryonie Wise