Lynda McKinney Lambert is the author of “Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage” published by Kota Press. It is a book of poetry and short essays Lynda wrote over several years while spending her summers in Salzburg, Austria where she taught a course in writing and art each summer. She is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities from Geneva College in western Pennsylvania. Lynda currently authors two blogs on writing, the humanities, art, and faith. She is a freelance writer and her poetry and essays appear in numerous books and literary journals. She also exhibits her fiber art in exhibitions worldwide; her art work is in many public and private collections.
One will be a book of essays and stories; one will be a book of new and selected poems.
Lynda lives with her husband Bob in the Village of Wurtemburg in Western Pennsylvania. They have been married for 55 years. Lynda spends her days writing, making fiber art, and walking her 2 dogs in the woods along the Connoquenessing Creek.
Musings on “E”
A musical score that begins on the note of “E” is esoteric
Because this third note in C Major emits
Cryptic and enigmatic sounds
Don’t you see? I’d give everything to take the
Forego the electric currents of exuberant poetry -
Get down and dirty, Girls! Eliminate the end rhymes
Heave away the elegance of each syllable
I just want a poem that expels an egg or
Joins every elongated line with a loud
Klink or a curve for my envious eyes.
Link up the endangered nouns to a
Myriad of enlarged verbal sounds.
No more economics of musical composition-
Or exquisite conjunctions! My ears
Pause between the 18th and 19th-century of
Quarter note rests and evocative scales
Related to the Ancient Greek theory of music
Stir up the “E” sounds of the lyre and harp
Tug them taught like elastic bands
Until those elusive “E” notes
Venture beyond the elemental lexicon.
Walk towards East Street where letters “E” or
“X”are symbols that elucidate something evasive
Yank these empty letters from the English alphabet!
“Z”will represent every elemental consonant in the Garden of Eden.
Amber reds dripped from ancient trees
Boji Stones brought healing to painful memories,
grounded high spiritual vibrations
Crystal quartz cleared the room of negative energies,
brought healing to those who lost hope
Dragon’s Blood was christened as costly Cinnabar
she helped change your image
Emerald stood surrounded by palest green rays of light,
protected from evil enchantments, foretold the future
Fluorite made me smile when I touched her soft curves,
celestial rainbow of clear, blue, green brown, and yellow
Garnet gemstones surrounded us with beauty from the earth,
mined and carved, and tumbled smooth
Hematite, a heavy magnetic stone, harmonized and balanced the
spirit, supported timid women and boosted self esteem
Iolite, so very small and translucent; a delicate stone,
changed her colors with the angle of light
Jadeite, translucent, soft, and green; hidden away,
smooth and silky in my pocket
Kunzite’s delicate shades in lilac, pink, or yellow
translucent, transparent, mood lifting effects
Labrodarite, my favorite gem, reminded me of deep
water’s reflections on a summer day
Malachite held layers of copper between her spiteful greens,
powerful stone of the new millennium.
Nebula stones are small with unique metaphysical properties,
gaze into it, move to new places in the universe
Obsidian sang of a black winter night with snowflakes falling on
the shiny opaque glass-like surface
Precious opal stones, cleansed in the light at full moon
a fiery glow, in the morning light
Quartz clusters gathered deep secrets,
in their helical spiral crystalline forms
Rainbows flourished inside the dense earth
a harvest of vibrant mysteries
Serpentine, a talisman of water worn black-green stones,
were said to assure the wearer of longevity
Tiger’s Eye beads in yellow-brown, pink, blue, red,
were used as protection against ill will
Unikite is a circus of tumbled stones
placed gently in bowl, brought calm to your home.
Varsite sang the songs of encouragement,
hope and courage to those who gave up
Wulfenite brings knowledge from ancient temples of Egypt
brought spiritual vibrations down to earth
X is the signature of the Crystal Healer
as she fashioned and planted each precious gem
Yellow Calcite, the silent stone, brought healing,
from darkness inside the fertile earth
Zeolite can be colorless, white, blue and peach
healing crystals living together
in a matrix of the harmonic rainbow.
~Lynda McKinney Lambert