Lyin’, Dyin’, and Cryin’

This old beer joint is rockin’
and the jukebox keeps playin’
as we dance to favorite songs
kickin’ up sawdust and shufflin’
scuffed boots all night long
so we throw open wide the doors
while country crooners mourn
about a love that’s gone wrong

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: It’s our 10th anniversary at dVerse and we’re celebrating with writing a Quadrille, our own poetry form creation. The word today is ‘juke.’ Come join in the festivities!

dVerse Poets Pub: Quadrille 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

Safest Haven

With every gust of wind
butterfly changes its
place on the willow. -Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694)

Lightning brightens a fiery crimson sky with
rolling black thunder shaking every
leafy tree with fury as a wayward gust
blows tinder dried leaves in a swirl of
dusty biting air as a rampant angry wind
throws a tattered and torn butterfly
Like confetti falling from the sky, it changes
the color of my cloudy view with its
rainbow hues stark, out of place
amidst this raging storm, landing on
a cloistered limb, struggling to find the
safest haven on the weeping willow

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: A Golden Shovel poem written for Kerry @skyloverpoetry.The poem used is the haiku above by Matsuo Bashō. Below are the rules for a Golden Shovel:

  • Take a line (or lines) from a poem you admire.
  • Use each word in the line (or lines) as an end word in your poem.
  • Keep the end words in order.
  • Give credit to the poet who originally wrote the line (or lines).
  • The new poem does not have to be about the same subject as the poem that offers the end words.

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: Death of a Rose

Dying Rio Samba Rose

It’s been a troublesome summer; not only for my garden but for myself as well. Last month, I had a hysterectomy which proved to be the most painful surgery I have ever endured. And to make matters worse, I have been unable to tend to my garden as I usually do. As a result, the last living rose that my mother and I planted over 20 years ago is dying a slow death.

I remember with clarity the day we planted the three Rio Samba roses. My mother had recently come to live with us after a decline in her health. When she retired, she moved her trailer onto a thousand acre ranch in Texas that her cousin owned. She loved living there, and soon after planted a long row of Rio Samba roses. They were her pride and joy. Thus, when she came to live with us we decided to plant Rio Sambas to see how they fared in Arizona. It was our way of helping her feel at home.

Mom taught us how to plant the young roses and helped along the way. I remember her delicate hands stained with the rich black soil we had trucked in for the new bed. Even now, as I stand here and weep over the dying rose, I can hear her voice explaining every step.

summer’s searing heat
roses fade, wither in sun
another soul gone

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge: No.233

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

Pain

Pain does this to a body-
pushes you to the brink 
surrounds you in deceptive arms 
making you believe 
that it always was and always will be here 
washing you up on a rusty shore 
anchored by the weight of its magnitude 
and there you sit, buried 
in quicksand thoughts and shifting stone 
Waiting for the next blinding wave 
praying it will not be as intense as the last

Then one day you awaken 
from the internal raging shitstorm
your body drenched in salty sweat 
from the incessant fighting
preparing for the next tumultuous tide
You take a ragged breath, waiting 
and realize your inner sea is calm
and bright and clear and blue as you 
feel the warmth of healing sunlight on your face
for grey clouds have moved on and gone is the haze

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

The Sunday Muse #167

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

#Haiku: Breath

In My Garden- Mesa, AZ

little miracles~
dandelions sowing seed
sweetest breath of life

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Dear All- on June 15,2021, I had an abdominal hysterectomy. A blinding cloud of pain has consumed many of my days but I am slowly recovering. This is the first poem I have written in a while. I was able to venture into my garden early this morning and captured this image with my phone camera. These little dandelion seed heads are no larger than my thumbnail, but how lovely they are to my eyes!

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

Tap, Tap, Tap

Public Domain Pictures

Tap,tap,tap
My heart drumming
Beating with ferocity
Filling me with anxiety
Clouding my head with all the ‘what ifs’
Long deep breaths to slow the pounding beat
Promising myself that whatever comes,
I will meet it with the same intensity and win

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Dear All- This is a poem I wrote in June 2020. Last year on this same day, I faced a difficult challenge (diagnosed with breast cancer June 15, 2020), and today I am faced with another- an abdominal hysterectomy. I will be hospitalized for 2-3 days. Asking for positive vibes, prayers, and healing light sent my way if you so desire. Peace and love to you all- 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

A Timeless Patina

“Death twitches my ear;

‘Live,’ he says… 

‘I’m coming.” 

― Virgil

Plucking taut strings with a horsehair bow
the air fills with a deep woody melody heard
with nimble fingers upon a slender throat 
each ethereal song more beautiful as wood ages 
painted in a timeless patina of bronze curves

And yet a human body falters, grows frail
when touched by the same elegant hands
smooth skin wrinkles, the soul ravaged by age 
and though life’s aria replays again and again
still breath finally fades as spirit withers away

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

The Sunday Muse: #163

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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