Lower Than Angels

“Nobody’s perfect. We’re all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.” 
― Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

We sit under a tarnished copper sun
tethered to stones of transgressions
for the sins of our ancestors are scars we bear
with every sunrise, with every day done

What brought us to this hopeless abyss
where malaise overwhelms the broken, the weak
and ominous clouds hide the luminous light we seek?

There is no haven in the shadows of our souls
for we are lower than angels so they wait with love
until we lift our empty eyes to the turquoise sky
and pray for forgiveness for all we have done

©2022 Linda Lee Lyberg

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

Written for The Sunday Muse #223

23 Comments on “Lower Than Angels

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  2. Yes. When I watch the news, I think there is not enough forgiveness in the heavens for what a mess we have made down here. However, individual hearts like yours help weigh the scales, hopefully.

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  3. Such wise words interspersed with such beautiful imagery. Love these in particular:

    “copper tarnished sun”

    “ominous clouds hide the luminous light”

    “no haven in the shadows of our souls”

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  4. Sins of our ancestors, scars we bear … wow, this is heavy and must confess I don’t often consider … now, I must. Well done Ms. Linda Lee!

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  5. Oh we are heavy at times with those sins of ancestors we bear and haunted by our own transgressions. Beautiful writing

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