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 Birch trees catch our eye

deep in the trough of winter

white bark withstanding.


©  2014  Betty Hayes Albright 


Partial of an original watercolor by my grandmother,

Lilly Bjornstad when she was about 100. (She lived to 108.)


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(an older one from 1996)


Heart strings can stretch

across great distance

but some, like rubber

come stinging back.


Some are of glass

blown lovingly

from a piper’s lips

but they break under stress.


Others are fire,

smoky and hot

but snuffed out in a hiss

when it rains.


Some are braided with silk

and rich in hue

but alas, they shrink

in the heat.


And then there are strings

from a poet’s heart spun

made of light

at the speed of forever.


(c) 1996  Betty Hayes Albright

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