“The Bittersweet” by Barbara Harris Leonhard



Dancing in midair

in delirium 

without falling.

What holds me –

A leaf on a tiny thread

of a spider’s weaving?

Am I suspended

by my dizzying 

uncertainty and fear?

Or is it 

a divine umbilical beam

spinning me 

in wild joy?

Is it both – the tether 

of dubiety and divinity?

I cling 

to the fluttering hope

of a spider’s grace.

Copyright © 2022 Barbara Harris Leonhard

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YouTube Video: Video by Barbara Leonhard. Edited by Ken Gierke (rivrvlogr.com)
Featured Image: by Foto Reith, Pixabay

Barbara is author of Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF- Experiments in Fiction, 2022). A poem from this collection was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2022. Also, on Spillwords, Barbara was voted Author of the Month of October 2021, nominated Author of the Year for 2021, and recognized as a Spillwords Socialite of the Year in 2021. In November 2022, she became Editor for MasticadoresUSA. Barbara enjoys bringing writers together and has been sponsoring open mics and readings on Zoom during the pandemic. 

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  1. jonicaggiano dice:

    That was a really beautiful piece about the fragile nature amongst which we live. A lovely video and narration as well. A real treat. Blessings, hugs Joni

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  2. I love both the poem and the video! So delicate and beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dawn! ♥️🌺

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  3. Michele Lee dice:

    Beautiful reading, and lines! Well done!

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  4. «the tether 

    of dubiety and divinity»

    A beautiful musing, Barbara. Love your reading too. ❤️🌷

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  5. 13rrance dice:

    It is so fragile, and soft. I love ♥️♥️

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    1. Aw! Thank you, my friend! You’re so kind!

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  6. I love hearing your beautiful voice and your well chosen words so well written and felt so beautifully Barbara💗

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    1. Cindy, did you see my email to you?

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      1. I did and hope you got mine?! 💗

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  7. SelmaMartin dice:

    Video and narration sublime. Really enjoyed this. TYSVM

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    1. Thank you, my friend! 🌺♥️🌹

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      1. SelmaMartin dice:

        That Amazon review is now visible on Medium too. Yay. Doing all I can for my friends. I have a friend-link (free) if you wish to see it. LMK. XoXo i bless you.

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      2. Oh, my, Selma! That’s exciting! You’re the best! ♥️🌺🌹🤗🥰

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      3. Selma, I tracked your review down on Medium and subscribed to your blog there. Thank you so much! Your review touched me tremendously. I’m so grateful that the poems spoke to you so deeply. ♥️🌺🌹

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      4. SelmaMartin dice:

        Blessing you. XoXo

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  8. Reblogueó esto en Extraordinary Sunshine Weavery comentado:

    I created this video poem with the help of Ken Gierke (rivrvlogr.com), who edited it. It’s published on MasticadoresUSA.

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