Yes, Jenine, I know you must have been a sensitive child, or you wouldn't still care so much about the natural world and what its destruction means to the earth.

A child feels so deeply when something beautiful disappears; and so do adults who retain their childlike joy for natural beauty. In a way those deep childhood memories help us to be better poets. But the sadness remains.

Thank you for your kind words.



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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.