There comes a time. . .

Developing her own voice
testing her wings,
child no longer.
He understood as a poet does,
metaphorically . . .
you cannot tether a bluebird to your wiles,
no matter how loose the string.

Written in response to Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Linda is hosting and asks us to write a poem inspired by one of six particular paintings by Jacquline Hurlbert. I’ve selected Bluebird’s Journey, with permission of the artist. Find all paintings and information about the artist at

19 thoughts on “There comes a time. . .

  1. map195 June 18, 2019 / 2:36 pm

    nice share


  2. Christine Bolton June 18, 2019 / 3:12 pm

    Lovely Lillian! 🙂 We both went for this one! It spoke to me too 💕


  3. Charmed Chaos June 18, 2019 / 3:13 pm

    Oh Lillian, this is delightful! I almost picked this one, because I love birds.


  4. Grace June 18, 2019 / 3:13 pm

    Love the beautiful lesson in life Lillian.


  5. Jane Dougherty June 18, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    It looks to me as though she and the bluebird are following the same path. As it should be 🙂

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  6. msjadeli June 18, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    Wonderful spin on the photo, Lillian.


  7. Frank Hubeny June 18, 2019 / 4:58 pm

    Good observation about tethering a bird no matter how loose.


  8. Carol J Forrester June 18, 2019 / 5:00 pm

    Really lovely Lillian. A piece that warrants reading over a few times before stepping back.


  9. Kathy Reed June 18, 2019 / 6:33 pm

    I almost chose this one. You did a great job using “tethering” to tie the story together.


  10. Gillena Cox June 18, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    My my what simpatico, I got a bluebird in my poem also but I chose another poem

    much love…


  11. merrildsmith June 18, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    Nicely observed–I like how you got wings in your poem, too.


  12. rothpoetry June 18, 2019 / 8:32 pm

    I love your poem of empowerment. You can’t tether the bluebird nor the girl!


  13. rosross June 19, 2019 / 3:50 am

    Cleverly done. A testament to the image.


  14. memadtwo June 19, 2019 / 12:05 pm

    I had the same feeling about this painting–freedom, transformation. (K)


  15. robtkistner June 20, 2019 / 11:56 am

    Wonderful interpretation of Jacquline’d art. Well written Lillian.


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