Deborah Barchi

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Morning has come.

Don’t jump right of bed.

Instead, let your creativity seep through the borders of your subconscious as you slowly awaken.

Try to hang on for just a few moments to the messages and metaphors of your dreams.

Give in willingly for a few lingering moments before the…

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What if the world were all one color?
You could choose the color beforehand.
Maybe green. Every shade of green.
Or blue. Every hue of blue.

The sky, the ground, the ocean,
the trees, the birds, the butterflies,
everything that flies or runs or crawls,
including you of course.

Would…

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The sullen summer sky
too long overburdened with grief
too long denied needed relief
lashes out at the desiccated earth
hurls diamond-tipped spears
carves runnels in the dirt
topples the shallow-rooted trees
batters whatever remains
drives the innocent insects and birds
to insufficient shelter from the rain.

While we, demonstrating…

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I admit it. I am a willing sucker for any raffle for a good cause, knowing from a lifetime of experience, that I will not win.

I am never lucky as far as buying tickets and winning stuff goes.

That’s OK. Instead, I have been blessed in so many, more…

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Whenever I begin reading a new book
one I know I will love
from the very first sentence
I feel a rush inside.

I am a child again.

Racing along on strong young legs
plunging into the salty waves
emerging after several hours
waterlogged and wrinkled
chattering like a chickadee.

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The brightest green I shall ever know
in the calendar of my living days
delights my soul
and lifts my heart
the alchemy of July.

The wild birds flit among the trees
in eager, self-important ways,
no doubt feeling energized
feasting on their favorite foods
half-hidden in the leaves and vines…

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Deborah Barchi

Deborah Barchi

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.