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(Originally from 1976 – revised)


We can’t be held down,

we’re a ball bouncing back,

an unsinkable raft,

a bowl that won’t crack.

We can never be slain,

our core’s made of steel,

wherever we’re punctured

we readily heal.

Trample on us

and we’ll spring back to life,

we cut to the truth

like an ever-sharp knife.

We’re a magical candle

that never stops burning,

a wise inner child

who never stops learning.

Knock on our window’s

unbreakable glass,

mow us down, we’ll grow back

like invincible grass.

Light as a bubble

we can’t be detained,

we’ll rise towards the light

and ever remain.


©  1976, 2016  Betty Hayes Albright


(Someday wisdom, love and truth will prevail.  Never give up!)




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One more leaf escapes

edging through the tightest crack

no fence can stop green.


© 2014 Betty Hayes Albright


(photo Sept. 2014)

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More “Clipped Wings” haiku



When our wings are clipped

sunlight stretches down to us

in the autumn rose.




When our wings are clipped

we still find a way to soar

in our poetry.



© 2013  Betty Hayes Albright


(there might be more on this theme… or not…)


Photo taken a couple of years ago – “Peace Rose”

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