Nothing Thrives For Long In Strife

Each of us must seek the light

Deborah Barchi


Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

Like flowers tilting to the sun,
We all seek light.
We all need warmth.

Nothing thrives for long in strife.

Can we give ourselves permission
to reach for what we need;
to leave behind what hurts us

and cloak ourselves in love?

Some acts are universal.
The swelling of buds.
The casting of seeds.
The questing of roots.
The dropping of leaves.

Nothing need ever be wasted.

Each living cell on earth plays its part,
symbolic or symbiotic,
to nourish and preserve.

When will we learn to nurture ourselves?

The sun, the rain, and every caring voice
every spirit, every love-centered choice
is waiting to assist us.

We need not quest alone.

Like the sunflower, let us reach for the light,
seeking more than mere survival,
not just escape from darkness and cold

but a full and joyous life.



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.