Articles by Betsy K. Brown

I am a graduate of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, with a focus on creative nonfiction. My undergraduate degree is a BA in Media, Culture, and the Arts from The King's College in New York City. I am a teacher and chair of humanities at an Arizona high school. I love to share the goodness of words and stories with young people in the midst of the beauty of the American southwest.

A Young Hummingbird

A young hummingbird approaches my feeder, Wings a flash of anxious silver, Grimly eyeing me, the giver Of the gift of glinting nectar. Head aswivel, tensely twitching, Guarding his own greedy sipping, As if worried, maybe wondering When I’ll snatch back all he’s loving. Frantic bird with frantic trill, Ever-moving, ever-shrill, Maybe someday we both…

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

   The steps of the Sacre-Coeur billow down the hill like a robe, and hundreds loiter on the hem, maybe hoping to be healed. Church steps have cradled them for centuries—the crippled, the homeless, the lost tourists, the tired pedestrians—but here at this place are three hundred steps instead of five or ten. The loiterers…

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