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Benediction: Two Poems by Carol Farnsworth

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Bells mark our lives. A ringing phone with news of a new birth, bright rattle to make a baby laugh. Bells to monitor life functions, comforting as a lullaby. A bell to awaken and call to school. One tolls to remind us to worship. Chimes in a bell tower tell the time, the doorbell announces a visitor. As adults, we long for the tune of the ice cream truck. There is a reason we hang wind chimes. Nature driven melodies calm and soothe. God whispers in wind songs.


Benediction I take my coffee to the porch. To listen to the silence, between cricket chirps and bird song. As a glow appears in the east, a solo bird call is heard, followed by another and then a third. The chorus swells. My coffee cools as the rising sun warms my cheeks. I smile at this morning benediction.

“Benediction” is from Carol’s chapbook, Leaf Memories (2021) and first appeared in The Weekly Avocet, Summer 2019.


Carol Farnsworth is an artist and writes poems and short essays on the light side of living with blindness. Her writings have appeared in The Avocet, Magnets and Ladders, Plum Tree Tavern, The Handy Uncapped Pen, and the Blind Perspective. Carol was born with glaucoma and has experienced decreased vision all her life. She has had no vision for the last several years. Carol lives with her husband John. They ride a tandem bike to enjoy nature. Carol gets her inspiration for her nature poetry from these rides.

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