“Don’t Hesitate” (poetry recitation)

"Don't Hesitate" by Mary Oliver If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plentyof lives and whole towns destroyed or aboutto be. We are not wise, and not very oftenkind. And much can never be redeemed.Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps thisis its way of fighting back, that …

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Now and Then

She now stands taller than me with legs as strong as a Viking woman; descendants are we. Wrapped in my arms, I guarded her with the intensity of a thousand Viking women. To protect my babe I would have fought a thousand men. With my bare hands, I would have silenced their breath. Without a …

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Be Brilliant (photos)

Thank you for visiting. Be well. 💗 Michele Photos: my Chihuly glass images taken at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ Find more of my photos, micropoetry, and reels on Instagram ~ @mlsefton click image to preview third poetry collection © 2022 Michele Lee Sefton

Becoming You (video poem)

https://videopress.com/v/xGRi1bTi?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true My video poem, "Becoming You," is dedicated to young adults just starting their adult journey. If that person is you, best wishes on your life path: may you become all that you aspire to be. ✨ Note: My list of what "you may become" is long, but not exhaustive. Well, maybe a bit exhaustive. …

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No Hiding in the Dark

Who am I in the darkness? when a whisper wakes me from sleep when I am nothing but a barely visible heap Who am I in the darkness? when a mockingbird chirping in the distance sings a delicate song of hope and innocence Who am I in the darkness? when I cannot hide in the …

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Man, am I dreaming?

Let me look at you, before you get undressed. Less is not always more, more is sometimes best. In your tailored attire, adorned with a Guccie tie, covering a physique so fine. Sigh Your collar getting tight? Don’t change a thing, Dearest Darling. I could stare all night. Before you loosen that tie and pop …

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Being a Woman – Forthcoming

Separated by state borders when the pandemic hijacked our lives - my view is of saguaro cacti, her view is of tall pines. Poems, illustrations, and shared files would bring us together and shorten the miles. A mother-daughter collaboration that began with lines I wrote in the fall of 2019, after a teenage memory was …

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Being a Woman – Chapbook Release

Being a Woman - Overcoming Poetry Collection by Michele Lee SeftonIllustrations by Sammi Lee Link to Collection The Story Behind Poetry Collection One - "Overcoming" Last fall I wrote a poem about a moment in middle school when I was humiliated by a teacher who told me, just before taking a group photo, “move to …

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