Her Roller Skates, Circa 1936

Old Roller Skates image by Jim Heaphy/Wikimedia Commons

She was nine years old.
Skinny, dark haired, bright-eyed.

She loved her big family and good things to eat.
She loved speed. And her roller skates.

Whenever she could, she strapped them on
and headed for the steep hill into the city.

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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.