Deborah Barchi

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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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Photo by Natalie Cardot on Unsplash

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.