Life Path: No.1

“Tonight started innocently enough. Most terrible things do, right?” 

― Suzanne Hayes, I’ll Be Seeing You

Left to disintegrate and fade away, a reminder of her youth
when innocence was torn asunder in one surreptitious act
A swift path to dutiful adulthood way before her time
A child raising a child with no one to guide her
A frail body changing with an alien growing inside
As she stumbles towards motherhood, terrified

With each day comes regretful tears and inner turmoil
Struggling with her thrust upon role
As a new mother and shotgun wife-
Being wholly responsible for another fragile life
Living in a nightmare where she became embroiled
In a web of insanity, and almost lost her precious soul

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Written for The Sunday Muse #170 where Shay is hosting.

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

33 Comments on “Life Path: No.1

  1. A poetic story that I have seen lived. It is a hard one. This is a powerful and beautiful poem Linda! So glad to see you at the Muse my friend. I hope you are continuing to heal and feel better.

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  2. Great opening quote, Linda. Your poem is a snippet in a larger story. I feel compassion for the girl and her child and want to know more about them.

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  3. Far to often repeated in today’s society, sadly. A tough topic children raising children, you addressed it beautifully with heart. 💙

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  4. Moving poem–it calls up a fierceness toward the idea that care is only ever due to the careful (at least in some circles) and a hope that the story will come out okay.

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