The Words


“That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.” 
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

The poisoned words slithered in and out 
of loose threaded seams, re-opening 
old wounds with venomous fangs.

Soon, she realized all she needed to do 
was double-stitch them up tight 
so the words would never get through.

But words have an uncanny way 
of crawling into you, infesting you
the words, the words, the words.

©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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