Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the fifty-ninth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by romance, paranormal, Gothic and comedy author, and poet Linda Hays Gibbs.
My pores are valleys
Craggy and unkept
My hair cut down, bald
In places bereft
Where green trees slept
And wild eagles called
My skin’s casualties
Was all I saw
My veins polluted
Garbage crammed inside me
Where nothing suited
All made mockery
My lungs black and dead
Everything cut or uprooted
While on my blood you fed
Where will you live instead
Without Earth’s Grace
When all life is dead
And you have no place
To lay your stupid head
I asked Linda what prompted this piece and she said…
I was watching a nature film with the plight of the polar bear and penguins and my heart just hurt for all of us animals. The human stupid ones too.
It was very somber, very me. Thank you, Linda.
Linda D. Hays-Gibbs was born in Mississippi and married at a young age. She went back to school late in life, graduated with a BA in Anthropology from University of Alabama. She always loved Indiana Jones. Anthropology was so exciting to her until she could not use her imagination to write her papers. Her instructor insisted she stick with the facts not fantasy.
She loved to write poetry and jot it down all the time. Her fourth book, “My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls” really meant more to her because she worked on it for such a long time and because she was determined to make her writing much better than it had been. Kim Richards and Sally Odgers from Eternal Press were inspirations for her. Barbara Metzger, one of her favourite authors gave her encouragement too. She loves writing and hopes to continue to do it for the rest of her life along with anything she can do for her God and children. You can also find out more about her from:
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