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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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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Let Us Honor the Women – 19th Amendment

Let us honor the women Who fought boldly For Women’s Right to Vote What was long denied Should have been a right Granted to All Americans Unanimously and instantly With the sweep of one pen Instead, the fate of a new nation Initially given to only white men Causing fractures and dissention And years of …

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Running Your Race (audio poem)

Running Your Race (Audio Poem) Life is an undefined race dotted with hurdles Unequally distributed, for some have more Expected to run and jump, over and over Unknown obstacles, difficult to prepare for With plenty of hurdles placed before runners Don’t add extra reasons to stumble, by adding more Blocks that prevent you from moving …

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Defined by the X (audio poem)

Defined by the X (Audio Poem) There are those, many in fact Who want to put us in a box And have us check that So that we become the sum of All those X’s Simply checked We begin as expansive beings No limits to who we can be No limits to what we can …

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Blood Builds a Bond (audio poem)

I am sharing a poem that I wrote while teaching British Literature, specifically, Beowulf. When teaching the Old English epic poem, (like most teachers teaching this poem) I required my students to write and read aloud an original “Boast.” Their poem needed to be written in similar format to the translated version, it needed to …

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Saturday Shorts

Although my Saturday posts can take a few minutes to read, as my “About” page describes, I also frequently scribble “shorts” during my days. On a post-it note, in my journal, or on scrap paper – I jot down random thoughts. A few lines here and there, that have a moment to shine, then I …

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Beauty and Unity Revealed (audio poem)

"Beauty and Unity Revealed" Audio Version What has the potential to unite humanity? What brings people together in a world where some benefit from keeping the masses unsettled and separate? Art, and its many splendid forms Was the answer revealed And one that has and will continue to be A unifier, even if, on the …

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Uncomfortable Words, Breathtaking Steps (audio poem)

The week began with sadness, anger, and confusion swirling around. A whirlwind of emotions that I had to write my way through. Writing helps me to process and (try to) understand all that surrounds. The events of the week kept me on a difficult writing path, but as I prepare to publish this post I …

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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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