Pacifico ~ The Pacific Ocean
Kerry O’Connor

Death- I will not float into your arms just yet
although I know there is a vastness to explore
brilliant sea- green depths in which to plunge
And yes! Though you entice me with your calm,
I still want the uncertainty of a breathless life.

I want to cry oceans of salty tears, to weep, to release
I want my fragile heart to break from loving too much,
I want to bask in the red-hot heat of the burning sun,
I want to bathe in the cold ice-blue moon shining down
as an explosion of twinkling stars cut me
into prisms of radiant colors of forever.

And then only then Death, will I succumb.

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: I had a health scare last Wednesday with my heart. I see a cardiologist this Thursday, so death has been on my mind lately.

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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 her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at:
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32 Comments on “Succumb

  1. I know this feeling. A few years ago I had a health scare and even dreamed the fatal date. I was half certain that the dream was true. But while I did have to endure the doctor torture, the dream was only that. Still, I did a lot of reflecting at that time and came to the same conclusion as you have in this poem. Not now, not yet!

    I hope you are feeling fine now, friend.

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  2. Oh Linda, hopefully the cardiologist can help you. That must have been scary. I love the beautiful imagery in your poem. May you have many more years to do all those things. Let us know what happens!

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  3. Your poem is clearly so sincere and felt from experience. It’s always important to be aware of death so that we can rejoice in living. May you be healthy and enjoy a long and happy life.

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  4. So much that you want to do before Death knocks with finality at your door! May many, if not all, of your want-to’s be fulfilled.

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  5. Quite a few years ago a medical test at work identified a problem with my rising aorta so was given drugs and fitness regime etc. I am still here and my yearly visit to the cardiologist has been “All clear, your heart won’t kill you”. Let’s hope that it will work like that for you too.

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  6. Wonderful, passionate love of life, beautifully expressed.

    I understand the scare, and trust it will prove unwarranted.Perhaps a need to take care of yourself a little better – but if you were not ordered into hospital straight away, that must be a good sign.

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  7. OH, yes. I completely understand – I had a mild heart attack not long ago and I did a lot of bargaining! A wake-up call for sure. Your poem is breathtakingly beautiful and I hope you are on the mend and have many ‘tears and heartbreak” ahead. Just kidding – but your poem does embrace all the emotions – for that is the roller-coaster of life. Hugs.

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  8. I am so glad you felt inspired to write a poem to the Pacifico card. You have captured the mood of the colours so well. I really love the anaphora of the second stanza, how it builds to the climactic final line. Lovely, lovely work.

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