#Haiku: Clouds

Texas Sky: Photo Courtesy of Tracy Villalobos

cotton cloud floating
silver lining in blue sky-
bright message of hope

©2021 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 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

#Haiku: Grackles

Texas Grackles: Photo Courtesy of Tracy Villalobos

A plague of grackles
take flight in blue Texas sky-
amid raucous cries

©2021 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 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

The Death of a Rose

Image by Mabel Amber from Pixabay

“Tell me, is the rose naked or is that her only dress?”- Pablo Neruda, The Book of Questions

As dying fragrant petals drift to blackened terra, 
earthworms seeking fresh air, drink in their sweet perfume
and taste of life’s fading essence in dusty pink hues
as they feast like drunken butterflies on sweet rose wine

Some wandering petals take wing, flying through the air 
bobbing and floating on a cool spring breeze
tempting flocks of doves with ambrosial confetti
a dance of dying colors, before they fall~ forgotten

Back to cold earth

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poetics: A Conversation Sarah is hosting today and asks us to write a response to a poem we have read in the last year that spoke to us. I chose a poem from Pablo Neruda’s The Book of Questions (link above in quote). Here is poem III:

Tell me, is the rose naked
or is that her only dress?

Why do trees conceal
the splendor of their roots?

Who hears the regrets
of the thieving automobile?

Is there anything in the world sadder
than a train standing in the rain?

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 her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

#Haibun: More Time

Image by ivabalk from Pixabay

Since June of last year, my life has been a revolving door of doctor visits, tests, and surgeries. Being diagnosed with breast cancer in the middle of a pandemic was not on my list of ‘fun things to do in 2020.’ But, I found myself enduring more than I ever thought possible and traveling down that ‘what if’ road.
Even now, looking back, it is hard to fathom it all; it is a surreal nightmare. Now that I am currently cancer free, I look at the world with crystal clear eyes. I am blessed as this whole situation could have had a much different outcome. There is nothing more sobering than facing your own mortality.
We all know we are going to die, but in our day to day lives we manage to put it aside. That is, until a major life event shifts our perspective and we begin a scramble for time, more time, I need more time. God has seen fit to give me more of my humble beautiful life, and I am grateful.

cold winter morning
walking through fallen dead leaves-
crisp new beginning

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Haibun Monday– Lillian is hosting today and we are writing Haibun about new beginnings. Come join us! Pub opens at 3PM EST.

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 her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

A Chance In-Sight

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

Those in-between 
moments of time slipping, 
sliding in-out of shadowy light 
gone forever from fragile sight
fading in-to foggy haze
an in-finite gliding away
reality in-flux with fantasy
vivid fluidity in-memory
ticking, ticking off seconds
minutes and hours in-flight
Life in-turn soaring away, 
in-fused with simple delights
an in-depth clarity of mind 
with a chance in-sight to slip away 
from this earthly plane and write.

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: I decided to play around with ‘in’. I like where this took me. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

The Sunday Muse #141

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 her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

Twilight Descends, 2021

Vivid day’s end as lavender twilight descends
Gentle breezes whisper with mockingbird’s trills
While an orange tangerine sun sinks and transcends
Brisk evening air tumbles, bringing cold chills

Gentle breezes whisper with mockingbird’s trills
Singing with a broken heart of melancholic love
Brisk evening air tumbles, bringing cold chills
As his voice carries through green boughs above

Singing with a broken heart of melancholic love
I recall the agony of heartache he’s been through
As his voice carries through green boughs above
Crooning sorrow in hues of dark indigo blue

I recall the agony of heartache he’s been through
While orange tangerine sun sinks and transcends
He croons sorrow in hues of dark indigo blue
Vivid day’s end as lavender twilight descends.

©2021 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 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

Author’s Note: A revision of an older pantoum for this New Year. I hope you all have a wonderful year!

A Simple Feast

Image by MustangJoe from Pixabay

Life is now forever changed, rearranged 
into a futuristic world of outer masks
where the warmth of a smile never shows
other than in our wary eyes

I’ve forgotten what it is like to sit 
wiling away hours in a French cafe 
Sipping on a glass of luscious red wine
nibbling on crusty bread and runny cheese

Surrounded by interesting strangers
with no fearful thoughts of contracting
a fatal disease while eavesdropping
on whispered murmurs of eternal love

Those hushed intimate conversations
taken for granted, the sharing of buried secrets 
while precious wine flowed and lilting laughter
danced on evening air- a world devoid of any cares.

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Earthweal Weekly Challenge: A Feast of Earth Fools

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 her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page



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