I Am Here

The imperative message of bird song

Deborah Barchi
Published in
2 min readApr 15, 2024


(A Carolina Wren singing at sunrise) Photo by Trac Vu on Unsplash

Birds do not hesitate
as people sometimes do
to assert with pride and persistence,
self-sufficiency and intention:

I am here.

At this moment
this is my place.
And simple are my needs.
To claim my space.
To find a mate.
To raise a family
and keep them safe.



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.