Another look at Aesop’s fable

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Walking at dusk along this road,
the air growing more chill
with every step into the darkness,

I realize how quiet the woods are,
how pale the roadside grasses,
how the dead leaves race and rattle.

Then, l hear the cricket’s song,
like a shyly-tendered gift,
the last voice in this year’s…

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Unaware of a squirrel watching my every move

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On a stone wall I placed a perfect pumpkin
an orange orb with an elegant stem
suggestive of Halloween hauntings
and of festive pies hinting of cinnamon.

Reverence for such honored traditions
and respect for possessions not their own
did not stop an insolent squirrel
from gnawing a ravenous hole

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Before the dreariness comes

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Some day in early November
before the dreariness comes
to settle like a fusty quilt, heavy with dust;

when most of the flaming color is gone
a steady breeze arrives to rattle what remains,
scattering the leaves like carnival coins,

bright tokens to purchase brief oblivion and fun
but no longer…

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Give me an everyday hero any day!

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I’ve sometimes wondered why movies about superheroes bore me so much.

Then, Eureka! I realized the answer!

Super heroes nearly always win every fight they engage in. . .with their (yawn) super powers. So much for suspense. Or genuine courage, for that matter.

An everyday hero is someone who takes…

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Deborah Barchi

Deborah Barchi

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