#Acrostic (double): Critical Change

Critical Change
-Linda Lee Lyberg


Cutting words voiced
Rip through a sensitive soul
In haste without thought people hurl
The words that hurt, not heal the wound
Insensitive fools plod on in ignorance
Caring not for other’s feelings or ideas
And never care about the damage left
Lack of concern for their fellow man.

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Hope For Peace

old man and word peace

Hope For Peace

-Linda Lee Lyberg

Each night as I lay
Within my darkened quiet room
I fervently recite and pray
That this hate will end soon.

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A Prayer For Mankind


Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Prayer for Mankind

-Linda Lee Lyberg

Holding the butterfly in my hand
As I watch its wings unfurl
I pray for peace across the land
And no room for hate in this world.

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Diamante: Love & Hate

love and hate

Love & Hate

-Linda Lee Lyberg


Warm, soft

Enduring, forgiving, caring

Tenderness, affection, indifference, hostility

Berating, resenting, loathing

Harsh, hard


Copyright © 2017
Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Please bear with me as this is my first attempt at a 7 line Diamante (diamond shaped) poem using opposites.

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