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Linda Siebenga

About this Christian Poet:
“We live with our faces against the dust of life and yet can feel the breath of God on them. This breath of God carries me on the journey.” Linda Siebenga’s journey began in windy Southern Alberta in 1947, took her to Michigan for a teacher’s degree and then back to Lacombe, Alberta where she met and married her husband Jack. Their two married children and four grandchildren live nearby. Previous volumes of her poetry, published in 1989 and 1997, are Windcatcher and Waiting for the Play to Begin. Linda's new volume of poetry, Earth Against Your Cheek, became available for purchase April 1, 2004.

Into These Dry Bones

you could die being a poet
feelings of forty people clamped
between your clavicle and your breastbone
fifty phantoms of paranoia fighting to dominate
you were too vulnerable
you let others see the inside of your soul
in those twelve lines
wanted to retrieve them after you sent them out
imagined blowing your whole poetic credibility
flat on your face
blind even to the soles of others’ feet
the smell of the earth against your cheek
dust against dust
waiting ear to hear another rhythm
breath of life into these dry bones

Copyright©2003 by Linda Siebenga