The Innocent and the Damned

Eli Edward Evangelidis (2018)
Used with Permission

What choice is this to make, 
to take another’s life to sustain my own? 
Caught between steel blade and grey stone, 
an innocent white lamb and the devil’s own 
the path is strewn with littered bones 
no beauty here only cankered moonstones
left poisoned, tainted by the ancient crones
whose wild madness was their own
with a lasting gift to us of decaying trees 
as they wither, tremble and groan.

©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg

Linda Lee Lyberg is an author, poet, wife, and mother. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 23 years and her dog, Ricky Bobby who loves to go real fast. She writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. Several of her works have appeared in various anthologies and online literary magazines.
You can read more of her works at: and her Amazon Author Page

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