Ruth D. Handel
is a poet, writer and teacher. She has published a chapbook, Reading The White Spaces
(Finishing Line Press, 2009), and poems in a variety of journals including Common Ground Review
, Westchester Review
, The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual
, Clockwise Cat
, and Evening Street Review
She teaches poetry courses and workshops in poetry writing, gives poetry performances, and manages the Poetry Caravan, a volunteer organization of thirty poets who bring poetry to the community.
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The egret is back, I tell everyone.
Look, there it is on the Bronx River,
a snowy egret—black bill, corkscrew neck
long delicacy of leg and yellow feet,
at the edge of the water.
I call it the egret as if it is the same
bird returning every year
to the place on the river.
Even when I see an egret upstream
or on one of the ponds further south
I call it the egret
as if there is only
It is so complete
I cannot imagine duplication.
There it is again. I am
like Piaget's small son
on a walk in the woods
delighted at seeing
what he thought
was the same