Scarlet letters emblazoned on her skin 
carried on opium winds of righteousness 
forsaking all moral fortitude

Blinded by an azure grey- smoke sky 
religious zealots are always the first 
to throw black stones into her eyes 
yet who among them are sinless?

With restless grace she remains detached 
unwilling to give up or give in 
but instead unfurls her fragile wings 
and rises above their putrid sins

She looks down on them from on high
forgives them with a melancholy sigh
and swiftly floats away on a restless wind

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

The Sunday Muse #155

Author’s Note: Day 11 of National Poetry Writing Month

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 their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

17 Comments on “Sinless

  1. I am glad her fragile wings have risen above. She deserves better and truly her wings are strong. A beautiful poem Linda. I got my second vaccine Friday and it really made me feel cruddy. So glad it is over with. 🙏

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  2. Oh WOW, Lynda, I like where your muse took you with this one. The shame and guilt sticks to those who judge and criticize, IMHO.

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  3. She’s my kind of woman! “unfurls her fragile wings and rises above their putrid sins” love that!


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