She Walks in Beauty

A cherished reader, talented writer, and dedicated teacher wrote a poem about me in response to my post, "Sidewalk Conversations," which featured two poems about conversations I had with two homeless men, separated by time and geographical locations. I am so appreciative of reader, asumoftheparts, for this poem and for her ongoing thoughtful and thought-provoking …

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Halloween unSeen (audio poem)

"Halloween unSeen" (Audio Poem) Halloween unSeen unSettled was my brain during the days leading up to Halloween. Shouldn’t I be preparing to celebrate the end of Harvest season? Not our backyard bounty, that is meager and not worthy of attention, but carrying forward a festive tradition with ancient Celtic origins. Another day, another event, altered …

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Autumn Delivers

After a long delay, I was finally able to spend some time with my daughter, who lives 1,200 miles away. We shared many special moments during my nine-day stay, that ended yesterday on a chilly afternoon. Revisiting her hugs, laughs, and beautiful town, cannot come too soon. The following poem, “Autumn Delivers” is dedicated to …

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Saturday Shorts – Sonoran Sunshine

Welcome to the third installment of my "Saturday Shorts." Today's shorts include true tales from the Sonoran Desert, helpful tips on how to survive the scorching "dry" heat, and a bonus short, just for fun. It may be cooling down elsewhere, but it is still very hot in my lovely state - we are now …

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Traveling to a Sacred Site (audio poem)

Traveling to a Sacred Site (audio poem) Driving and driving until the cars were few Quiet expansive lands enveloping me and you Stretched miles cleared our heads and our minds An afternoon rain washed away attachments To the locked down civilization left behind Watching the droplets tumble down the glass Wanting to stop and join …

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Under a Sapphire Sky (audio poem)

"Under a Sapphire Sky" Return, I did From the mountain top Bringing all of me, I did not Before the sapphire sky gave Forth its cool afternoon rains A gust of freshness did sway Around my limbs, it wrapped Cool wind and hot skin, we danced Head tilted back and body relaxed One more glimpse …

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Tumbleweed Fortress (poem w/audio)

"Tumbleweed Fortress" Audio Poem by Michele Lee Sefton This poem was written in response to a prompt presented by The Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University during National Poetry Month (April). The prompt asked the poet to consider when or where do you feel free/not free and write a poem that describes …

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Let Your Voice be Heard (audio poems)

Reading aloud and recording my poems over the last two weeks has reminded me how much I miss reading stories and poems to high school students. So, with that joy in mind, I will continue speaking into my phone and sharing my recorded lines. I have selected two previously published poems to share with you …

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Motherly Strength (poem w/audio)

"Motherly Strength" Audio Motherly Strength Turn and see an ancestral parade of women standing strong Delivering the next hand to hold, the next tale to be told Surviving unbelievable stories of hardship and endurance Beginning with the most miraculous of all – the journey of birth An expanding line of women, too many to name, …

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A Forgotten Field and A Poet’s Curse

Poet’s Curse What a gift it is to view this world through a poet’s lens, to feel the morning wind, and then spend the afternoon penning just the right words to describe the windy lines. Stealing an hour to describe a sensation that blew away. Never being able to turn off the thoughts seeping through …

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