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

#Haiku: Summer sounds

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

cicadas buzzing
hypnotic lull of sprinklers
dog days of summer

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No.228

Author’s Note: Hi everyone- I have not been writing a lot lately as I am in the midst of yearly check-ups for my breast cancer. I can’t believe it’s been a year. So far, so good- two more appointments to go!

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

Raven and Moon

“Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” 

― E.E. Cummings

Black raven whispered to waning moon 
I miss your face when you’re gone
I spend darkest nights longing 
for you to paint blue cobalt night
with your luminous pearl sheen light~
Watching star crossed lovers kiss and swoon
while packs of grey wolves howl and croon
joyous from your magical return
and soon mother earth is whole again

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

The Sunday Muse #162

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

Across the Sky

Photo by Marko Blažević on Unsplash

Deep in hazy eclipsed gloom
As dark sun hides full blood moon
Earth goes silent as if in prayer
With nary a bird singing there

And in the wee dawning hours
Trees are still, and bowing flowers
Hang their heads waiting for light
To dance again across the sky

©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 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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