#Haibun: Midnight blue sky

In the midnight blue sky, there is no pestilence or disease, only the brief flash of a dying star. There are no planes, only stars and the waxing moon. Somewhere high in the universe beyond my sight a cosmos is being born. I wrap my old blue sweater tighter still, giving myself a hug pretending it is my long passed mother. I am grateful she is gone and safe from this madness, for she lived through so much. She spoke often of the great depression and I listened. She told of hard and lean times, but there was always a pot of beans simmering on the stove to feed anyone who may be hungry. It’s because of these talks that my pantry is always well stocked. All those conversations all those years ago, did she know she was preparing me for this?

celestial night sky
each twinkling star a prayer
beacons for passed souls

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge: No. 170 Theme Prompt

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 23 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 on her Amazon Author Page

#Haiku: First Cherry Blossoms

pink petals drifting
dying souls falling
returning to earth

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Frank J. Tassone #Hakai Challenge #131 First Cherry Blossoms

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 23 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 on her Amazon Author Page

Watching the world from my window

I watch the world from my window and despite
All the news today ~ more people dying
The whole world crying
Signs of spring are everywhere

Every morning the thrashers come pecking
At the block of peanut suet to feed
Their fledglings in tow
With tiny gaping mouths they wait
In earnest for their treat
Ruffling their feathers as they eat

The radish seeds are coming up
It’s only been a short week
The rains have been a blessing
For everything in the garden
Is blossoming and brilliant green

In early dawn hours, a dove crashed into the window
Trying to escape the talons of a Cooper’s hawk
Leaving wispy feathers stuck on paned glass
But there was no escape, no where to go

I understand the bird’s plight

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Earthweal Weekly Challenge SILVER LININGS

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 23 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 on her Amazon Author Page

Crux

And this is the crux, the heart of the matter
even a fractured spirit can love, can feel
though the soul may be in pieces, shattered


As frayed remnants are cast off and scattered
it becomes possible for one damaged to heal
and this is the crux, the heart of the matter


Amidst all the clamoring cries and clatter
take a moment to bow, to pray and kneel
though the soul may be in pieces, shattered


In grace, there will be the clear answer
for your tragic fate is not forever sealed
and this is the crux, the heart of the matter


With vigor, embrace uplifting laughter
and understand life is not always ideal
when the soul is in pieces, shattered


When all the tears are over in the days after
fill your bright new life with hopeful zeal
for this is the crux, the heart of what matters
even though your soul was once broken, shattered

©2019 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 23 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 on her Amazon Author Page

What If?

“Barn’s burnt down, now I can see the moon.”- Mizuta Masahide

As each day brings more death and we find ourselves
In the midst of this voracious disease,
I can’t help but wonder what put us in this place

One theory is a bat bit a live animal
In a wet market in China
And from that defining moment in time
The virus spread from animal to human

The more I ponder this sci-fi scene
The more I begin to know and believe
Could this be Mother Nature
In the only way she knows
Leveling the playing field?

If you think about this, it makes sense
Because nature by design
Is based on order and balance
And mankind has been tipping
The world in our favor for much too long

And yet, we haven’t listened
Or heeded the warning signs
We’ve kept on cutting down verdant lush forests
The very lungs of this planet
Polluting earth’s soil, our lakes, oceans, and streams
Destroying living creatures and their habitats,
Leaving them to adapt or face a sure extinction

So, what if?

What if this poor harmless bat, had by our own hand,
Been driven from the only home he had known
And was only trying to survive and feed his family?

Is he to blame and the cause of all our misery or are we?
Will we open our eyes and see ~ accept our culpability?

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Poetics- Now I can See

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 23 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 on her Amazon Author Page

#Quadrille: Natural Magic

I awoke before dawn today
because I wanted to see
The exquisite magical sun
coming up in the far east

As our closest star rose up
into a brush-stroked sky
A brilliant sheen illuminated
low drifting clouds
In tangerine shades
surrounding a golden eye

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Quadrille #100 Abracadabra! Where’s My Magic Wand?

Author’s Note: Stop by and join us at dVerse where I am hosting today!

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 23 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 on her Amazon Author Page

Guarding Fairies

Hidden deep in the mysterious woods
far from prying eyes
trolls stand watch over the lilliputian people
forever watching the skies
for in this land there be fire-breathing dragons
whose dark shadows hover above
hoping to snatch a tasty fairy a delicacy they love

©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: A little magic from 2019. We all need some magic today!

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 23 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 on her Amazon Author Page

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