Painting by Surrealist Artist Alexandra Dillon

“But when oxidation nibbles more slowly – more delicately, like a tortoise – at the world around us, without a flame, we call it rust and we sometimes scarcely notice as it goes about its business consuming everything from hairpins to whole civilizations.” 

― Alan Bradley, A Red Herring Without Mustard

Rusting palm 
foreseeing a bleak future 
the only fortune 
a ring on her finger 
wasting days and nights 
years dissolving into red dust
without the comfort 
of a warm hand to hold
for only with 
these eyes locked on another
can she love from afar 
without touching

A generation 
devoid of hugs, decaying

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

The Sunday Muse #111

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:
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

23 Comments on “rust

  1. Ah the theme song from my 20’s, along with Ashton Garnder & Dyke’s “It’s Gonna Be High Tonight.” I don’t think my young self and I would even know what to say to each other, now.

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  2. It’s a sad world living the life you have so nicely portrayed. I dumped my ring by accident in a lake while swimming but that was a good move.
    I tried to read more of Alan Bradley but the linked site requires a sign in. I am using another’s computer and will not spread cookies free to him. I used to teach with an Alan Bradley, I will check him from my smart phone later if I remember. A bummer, just telling.

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