#Haibun: New Beginnings

Old growth Cactus at sunrise- Phoenix, AZ

Christmas and New Year’s Day came and went without any raucous festivities. No holiday parties, no Feast of the Seven Fishes, no gluttonous eating or over-imbibing. After over a year of unexpected health issues, taking a breath and awaking each morning are pure joy.

The human body’s capacity to heal and regenerate is an incredible miracle. I regret I did not take better care of myself when I was younger but my cancer scare changed all that. I am comfortable in my aging skin and with it comes an humble wisdom as I savor every moment. This is my year to rejoice and embrace all my life with a fierceness born from facing my own mortality. A brilliant sunrise, a new moon, cold raindrops on my face; delightful celebrations of life.

brilliant rays of sun
peeking through ancient mesquite-
grey mockingbird sings his song

©2022 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Haibun Monday

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 26 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: charmedchaos.com and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

41 Comments on “#Haibun: New Beginnings

  1. This is so beautifully life-affirming, Linda:
    ‘taking a breath and awaking each morning are pure joy.’ – this is one of the best lessons life can teach us ❤️

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  2. I love your haibun, Linda, especially knowing what you went through last year. My favorite part:
    “This is my year to rejoice and embrace all my life with a fierceness born from facing my own mortality.” I also love the sound of the mocking bird. It makes me think of you laughing at death ❤

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  3. A beautiful sentiment, Linda. Health issues definitely make one realize what is important. I’m glad you’re healthy and able to embrace the nature and your own body.

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