Promote Yourself Monday, March 23, 2020 and Round UP from March 16, 2020

Hello all- It’s Promote Yourself Monday at the Go Dog Go Cafe. Stop by and share your latest and join in the fun! Have a safe and healthy week- Linda

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Welcome to Promote Yourself Monday.  We had another great week perhaps because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. So please, once again, ALL Go Dog Go Cafe community members are invited to post one link to one specific piece of their writing (600 words or less please!) they have published on their blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed into the comments section below.

If you post a link, be sure to read some of the other great writing people have linked to.

Last week’s Round UP, my apologies to the community for not getting around to the posts as much last week. Like many here in the States, I have been fighting to understand what my new normal looks along with processing the impact of the changes on life. Will get back to work now…

https://poetryforhealing.com/2020/03/16/daybreak/

https://lucysworkscom.home.blog/2020/03/15/let-us-draft/

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#Sunday meditation

Bachelor’s Button in My Garden
Mesa, AZ
©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

“People seek retreats for themselves in the country, by the sea, or in the mountains. You are very much in the habit of yearning for those same things. But this is entirely the trait of a base person, when you can, at any moment, find such a retreat in yourself. For nowhere can you find a more peaceful and less busy retreat than in your own soul – especially if on close inspection it is filled with ease, which I say is nothing more than being well -ordered. Treat yourself often to this retreat and be renewed.”- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4.3.1

Author’s Note: Everyday my husband and I read The Daily Stoic- 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and The Art of Living. The quote above is from this book, which I highly recommend.

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

True Faith

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 

― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

True faith does not ever fear
What darkness holds, lurking in our air above
For the light of hope is flying ever higher
On whispering wings of a grey mourning dove

With patience this pestilence will pass
And become only a speck of dust in our eye
But we would do well to be humble and remember
That the sacred three-faith, hope, and love
Gives us the will to survive and stay alive

©2020 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

When the Mirror is Clear

Those in-between moments when the mirror is clear
are like chasing black crows in my flying dreams
with my piercing eagle eyes shining in bright haze.
I fear I am much too fond of this thing we call love
So I soar above the bitterness in this tormented world
For these are troubling times of intense sorrow.

I know tomorrow’s news will come, and so will sorrow
but the longer I live, our future becomes less clear
for there is a torrent of chaotic madness in this world.
So I will lie down on a grassy knoll, watch clouds drift by, dream
of a more peaceful earth washed in a river of pure love
not overshadowed by mankind’s stifling haze.

Once the air is thick, and we’re smothered in the haze
and the sky cries murky tears in the wake of sorrow,
the blackness of hate overcomes, drowning love.
When a true path forward becomes lost, unclear
dashed will be all bright hopes, all sweet dreams
of living in a vibrant yet tranquil world.

With each phase of the moon, each turn of this world
I fear there is no escape from this vile haze.
I am content to live in my vivid dreams
where indifference is unwelcome, and so is sorrow.
For in this place I create, the air is sweet and clear
And everyone understands the true meaning of love.

And though I know I am much too fond of love
For I’ve created an imagined utopian world
where happiness reigns and the fragrant air is clear.
I have banished from my home the thick black haze
For here there is no place for tears and sorrow
But only the brightest most hopeful dreams.

So I will continue to create a place of dreams
And write of goodness and peace and love
for there is already much too much sorrow.
Gone the hope of bright tomorrows in this world
For there will always be evil’s insidious haze
that incites the fear, feeding a future that’s unclear.

For now I’ll live in my dreams, not in this dismal world
where love is love is love, free of the shadowy haze
and no sorrow presides when the mirror is clear.

©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

#Haiku: Equinox

grey Arizona-

sky cries for the diseased world

while mockingbirds sing

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Frank J. Tassone Haikai Challenge #130- Equinox

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

The Music Upon My Tongue

I stare in silence, not uttering a word
While rain drops fall with my every breath
I become the melody of the sandpiper bird

But for me there is no sweeter song sung
And a peaceful sigh escapes from my lips
As I savor the lilting music upon my tongue

I taste briny salt, blue sky, the choppy bay
I hear shore waves with their hypnotic sound
And feel soft rain falling as it guides my way

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poetics: Three from the Welsh Speaking Sea

#American Sentence: Oasis

My Wildflower Garden
Mesa,AZ
©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

“Serene wildflowers, my oasis amongst the chaos of this world.”- Linda Lee Lyberg

©2020 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

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