I Am Here

The imperative message of bird song

Deborah Barchi
Scribe
Published in
2 min readApr 15, 2024

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(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.

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Deborah Barchi
Scribe

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.