To me



I came across this poem in my files the other day. I wrote it about a friend back in 2007. Imagine my surprise when I saw the closing line. Something about a singing heart has been delicious for me long before I chose those words to pull me through my cancer experience.

To Me
By Vicki L. Flaherty

To me, you are like
…rain on a sidewalk on a firey hot afternoon
…endlessly rolling hills of countryside
…a river flowing freely, shaping its course
…waves eternally breaking on a sandy beach
…’la bella luna’ glowing from the night sky
…a firefly sparkling in the summer evening light
…butterflies dancing in the air
To me, you are joy
To me, you are my heart singing.

* Image of fireflies courtesy of


About Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing, gardening, photography, or my work. Running and yoga enrich my being. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

8 responses »

  1. See? There are no coincidences. Your heart has been singing for years. I remember when we worked on naming your book – and here, to find it in writing long before our conversations. I love it!!!

    • I know! I thought I was being so original…the seed was planted years before! Ha! I remember our wonderful collaboration around the book – the title, the themes, the photos…I am so delighted that your beautiful photos grace the pages of my book, Maureen!

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