Refuge

Beneath sheltering trees
red rose lips touch mine
as a curious mockingbird sings
to gentle falling rain

In our secluded refuge
there is no lingering pain
only you and me again
as we savor lush ruby wine
and lie in a bed of leaves

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse: Quadrille #125 In Praise of the Grape

Author’s Note: I am hosting today at dVerse and we are writing a quadrille, a form created by dVerse comprised of 44 words exactly, excluding the title. Today’s word is WINE- come join us! The pub opens at 3PM EST.

Tragic Innuendo

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A tragic innuendo-
closed for renovations 
but sometimes, 
an ardent heart never re-opens 
becomes a sacrificial lamb 
when intimate relations
whispered conversations 
no longer emblazon 
the salt moon 
with sweet intent
and all that remains 
are fire brick cinders
yearning for a flame

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Day Four 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: charmedchaos.com and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

When Shimmering Sunlight is Perfect

Nasturtiums & Roses in My Garden- Mesa,AZ

Blooms on butter yellow roses whisper 
sending goosebumps across my skin 
the tender voice of my mother calling, 
‘Come see it’s Spring again!’

Mockingbirds caw mimicking 
rowdy black crows 
as jeweled hummingbirds chase 
tiny gnats mid-air, 
fat honeybees amble 
from flower to flower, 
subdued by their burden 
of golden pollen

Here in the garden, 
curious scenes abound
around the burgeoning 
wax green shrubbery 
burly wood timbers decay 
under hot pink buds
as spiny desert lizards play 
among random stones

And though my dear mother 
has been gone for many a year
When shimmering sunlight is perfect 
I know she is at rest in our peaceful garden

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Day Three 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: charmedchaos.com and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

Dewdrops on Morning Grass

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From high in lush greening mesquite 
desert thrasher sings a sweet refrain 
to a honeydew ripened rising sun
as it paints the morning desert

His lonely unearthly melody 
of nostalgic blues makes me wonder 
how disparate my life may be
had I chosen another pathway

But soon this misty thought dissipates
like sparkling dewdrops on morning grass
for what good use is always looking back
when our past is past, over and done

So today I will accept my destined fate
the wise gods have bestowed upon me
I’ll drink of sweet blood-dark orchid wine
savoring each luscious sip, grateful

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Day Two 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: charmedchaos.com and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

Reflections on a Spring Day

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I wander out in stark wilderness 
where goldenrod kisses a sailor blue sky 
and chartreuse leaves of pink buttercups 
sway in a contrary March wind 
spreading pungent lemony pollen 
tempting even recalcitrant bees

I lie down amidst this chaos of life 
buzzing and blooming all around me
nostalgic for my ardent youth 
when hours slowly ambled 
into bright summer’s song 
and the thought of dying 
never invaded my soul

I close my eyes and for a fleeting moment
I am young again, carefree- dancing among wildflowers
while a seductive breeze caresses my flawless tanned skin

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Day One of National Poetry Writing Month!

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A Life Well Lived

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I remember the faded sky color
of washed-soft chambray
as if it were only yesterday
and though it was only an old shirt,
laundered and spun dry too many times
collar and cuffs frayed, threadbare at the seams
weathered and time worn, it still had a place
for every tear and stain
was proof of a life well lived

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Put Your Words on Spin Cycle

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

#Haibun: Osozakura (late bloom)

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In our youth we are invincible; we don’t see time as ephemeral moments. Rather, summer feels like forever as we bask in hot sun and dance in pale moonlight with nary a thought of tomorrow. Yet, before we know it we turn around and the decades are falling away. Like colorful swirling leaves on a brisk autumn day, we get caught up in the demands of life. The need to make a living to put food on the table; the quest for success in our careers; the desire to have it all.
Then comes the harsh reality in the winter of our lives, and we ponder how we wasted so much time. Each spring becomes more precious for we realize it may be our last.

shattering pink dreams
winds of time blowing, blooming-
late cherry blossoms

©2021 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 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: charmedchaos.com and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

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