Artist Spotlight: Margaret S. Barrie

EchoX is honored to partner with one of our first directory participants, the African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA), to present a Wednesday poetry and prose series from a collective of different authors. For the next few Wednesdays, we will continue sharing poetry and prose from one of these incredibly talented writers. This Wednesday we are proud to share the work of Margaret S. Barrie. Our previous Wednesday poet was Georgia S. McDade. 

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Margaret S. Barrie

He led her outside
All adorned
Dress and petticoats
An outer coat too
White socks
Black patent leather shoes

Offered her the shoreline
After a rainfall
Smell of fresh air
And evergreens

Gazed in the sunny
Wind-blown water like
shimmered laced waves

Felt warmth of sun
He taught her silence
A quiet peace
A quiet peace in nature

© Margaret S. Barrie


Margaret S. Barrie of the Pacific Northwest was raised in a loving community of family, neighbors, and friends. She writes to stay healthy and deems herself a life-time learner, short story writer, and poet. Currently, she’s doing research for a novel with the Seattle Public Library and the Central District Forum for the Arts and Ideas. In addition to being a colleague of the African-American Writers’ Alliance and published in Voices That Matter, she’s a member of the Renton Writers Workshop and is published in Spotlights. Margaret reads at Columbia City Library, Elliott Bay Book Company, Columbia City Gallery, Onyx Fine Arts Collective exhibits, James and Janie Washington Foundation House, the Greater Seattle poet group, and Bin 41 in West Seattle. Margaret also volunteers at the Seattle Public Library.

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