I love the way you expanded on the image of dismissing, as uninteresting or unimportant, the birds we spot every day, comparing our response to birds to our world weary response to news. Yes, we need to keep alert, compassionate, and interested, even when the sadness of the world makes our hearts grow heavy. As for the birds, there are no common birds, as Emily Dickinson so fully understood!

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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.

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