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Poetry Break: Claudia Ricci: The Keys to Happiness

By: Claudia Ricci

 

 

 

I have come here to raise my eyes.

I have come here to keep them riveted on heaven.

When I feel my eyes, that window, when I feel

my eyes, my heart, my soul closing, I take 

a small breath and say a simple prayer

 

Help me keep my spirits rising, my breath steady,

my heart open to hope and possibility and the beauty

all around me. No matter that icicles drip

lower than the windows.

 

No matter that the snow is deeper on this November day

than it is in much of January.

This is plain white, the snow the snow

the soft the soft soft soft fluff of cotton.

All is right with the world when we are

wrapped in the cotton warmed by

the love of others around us.

 

Visualize, use your inner eyes to see flowers

to see puppies and babies and lemon sunrise and

turquoise oceans and cozy fires and warm foamy

baths and tender new grass and purple tulips 

and two people kissing under a starry sky.

 

These tapping keys are keys

to the world of words that

can make you feel sunlight

even though it’s millions of miles away.    

 

Claudia Ricci, Ph.D

claudia ricci Ph.D. Monthly Contributor at Two Drops of Ink Marilyn l davisClaudia Ricci, Ph.D., was a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, where one of her projects was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines nationwide.

Ricci spent 15 years teaching English and journalism at the University at Albany and was a visiting professor for one year at Georgetown University.

Her novels include:

  • Dreaming Maples, published in 2002, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • Seeing Red, January 2011
  • Sister Mysteries, July 2018

To order her novels, visit her website at www.http://claudiajricci.com.

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2 comments

  1. “These tapping keys are keys

    to the world of words that

    can make you feel sunlight

    even though it’s millions of miles away. ” I love this section because it is the truth. Beautiful poem. Thank you.

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