Deborah Barchi

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Every child loves a see-saw, right? Not me.

I always felt afraid when lifted high on the see-saw, my feet unable to reach the ground. I also hated the other half of the experience. Hitting the dirt too hard, the jolt running up my legs.

Even as a child, I…

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Photo by Aaron Doucett on Unsplash

So the red bird transfers
from his bright beak
a newly-plucked berry
to his elegant mate
which she accepts
with simple gratitude
and if, in this entire world,
there is any interaction
more tender or complete,
I have yet to witness it.

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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.