In the Early Light of Dawn

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“You fling it open for the first time/ but I’m gone” -M Kahf Wall

Though now gone from your tender sight 
if you look for me in early light of dawn 
when colors are afire in a painted sky
and birds are greeting the coming morn
you will see my dear face high in white clouds 
looking for you to say hi

And in those times remember when 
we were inseparable, you and I
remember the profound unquestioning quiet
in my unwavering brown eyes 
remember the warmth of my furry body
pressed close to your own in the night

Grieve not for me for I will always be near
for our two hearts are inextricably bound
and though you must shed oceans to heal
and there will be days of immense grief,
once the rushing tides of sadness ebb away
here I will be by your side, forever and a day

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Dedicated to our dear pup, Ricky Bobby “Bubba”. He crossed the rainbow bridge on Sunday January 24, 2021. Our lives will never be the same.

dVerse Poetics: Beginning at the End

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

Light a Fire For Us

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“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Khalil Gibran

You’ve gone ahead to show us the way
when our time on earth’s done
So light a fire at the end of each day
for we will be coming along
And when we arrive we’ll laugh, we’ll play
for our hearts have come home

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Quadrille 120 Way No Way!

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

Today the Sun Refused to Shine

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“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.”  – Erica Jong

Today the sun refused to shine for death came calling once more
Today the beautiful heavens cried for death is at our door

Today our lives forever changed for death is in the air
Today our tears are blurring sight for death is everywhere

Today though the clock keeps ticking death has stopped time
Today my heart is breaking for the sun refuses to shine

Today though you’re gone if I close my tear stained eyes
Today I can still pretend you are right here by my side

©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

Goodbye Sweet Soul

Ricky Bobby Lyberg: Late 2005- January 24, 2021

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” 

― Will Rogers

No clicking of tiny paws across tiled floor
No happy licks greeting us upon our return
For his darling soul has grown wings, taken flight
Our sweet Ricky Bobby is now forever gone

He banished sadness on even darkest days
And filled our hearts with his playful presence
Sharing in his joy as he chased noisy crows
But now he’s taken wing and flown from our sight

He was always there to comfort us day and night
With his happy face smile shining ever so bright
But now he’s gone and left us here all alone
For his loving soul has forever taken flight

This house was once warm with his vibrant presence, 
But today it is lonely, cavernous, and cold
This house and our hearts hold his spirit forever
For our dear darling Bubba is now gone

On these torturous days of endless tears and grief 
We’ll laugh and we’ll cry and remember when
A scared little dog from Texas arrived 
On a big jet airplane one joyous spring, 
He gave us happiness and love so sweet
and made our two hearts his eternal home.

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: We said good bye to Ricky Bobby (aka Bubba) this morning in our home. His passing was peaceful and without pain. Many thanks to Angel Vet who made this difficult time more bearable. And though our hearts are broken, they are bursting with love for him, and his for us. We love you for eternity.

The Weight of Being Human

I am carrying around too much trash; memories of things I’ve done and regretted. Secrets I’ve never told and heartaches too enormous to bear. Sometimes, the great bones of my life feel so heavy that all I yearn for is a deep dreamless sleep. I am trapped in this strange body where I am in limbo; a painful existence where I walk on two legs and eat with utensils.

Many, many moons ago I ran on all fours. I wandered and hunted with my pack family. Unknown dangers threatened, yet each day the rising sun brought immense joy. Life was both precious and profound, for we knew death may come calling without any warning.

Oh, to feel the whisper of downy wings from a great horned owl brushing my face, as it fights for a bite of fresh kill. Oh, to be free again!

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Prosery: Bone Weary

Author’s Note: Hi Everyone- I am hosting at dVerse today for the first Prosery prompt of the New Year. The line you are to use in your 144 words or less flash fiction story is ‘Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy,’ from Mary Oliver’s Spring Azures. Come join us- the 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

#Haiku: First Sun

Mesa, AZ

silent rising sun
peeking through opaque clouds-
shimmering first light

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Frank J. Tassone Haikai Challenge #172 first sun

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

African Daisies

Sown by gentle hands we lay 
in wait for nourishing winter rains 
sheltered from errant winds 
in the shadows of stalwart stones

We are but simple african daisies
wanting only to grow tall and strong
spreading our joyful riotous blooms
to banish winter’s muted grey tones

Once we flower, vivid blossoms soon fade
then our yellow and orange petals fall 
leaving tiny pods drying in brilliant sun
holding paper thin seeds of new beginnings

And soon, our newborn children take flight
spreading happiness in colors for all to see

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Grace is hosting at dVerse and has asked us to write a poem using personification and/or rich imagery. I tried to combine both. This poem came about because I am attempting to get African daisies started in my front yard, which is a desert landscape. They like rocky terrain, and once I get them established, they will spread each year. I love them; they are such a cheerful flower!

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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