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My Poem, "Samara," published in Issue 5 of Sky Island Journal

My poem, "Samara," is published in Issue 5, Summer 2018, of the lovely Sky Island Journal, edited by co-founders Jason Splichal and Jeff Sommerfeld. This poem grew out of the woods where I walk every day. It  came whirling into my consciousness like a maple wing in spring. When maple wings fly, I like to stop and notice where they land and wonder at how moist and mysterious, how light filled and  promising, delicate and complex they are.

A tree is a natural starting place for a seed and a poem about growing up and wanting to be graceful.

We all have our own unique way of describing why writing poetry matters to us. Mine is this – I write for what I hope to discover – the secret reveal.  

©Kelly DuMar 2018

©Kelly DuMar 2018

. . . my first time drunk, at twelve,
a starry August night. Fluidity, I want too much at once
guzzle a bottle, tilt and sputter, spun, I jerk and Sandy,
Sandy, tallest, handsome of the beach, suntan God of Laurel
by the boulders, beached we kiss, sandy-kissed, I’m Goddess
of the Lake and looser, Queen of the Barre. . .
— Excerpt from "Samara," ©Kelly DuMar 2018

What is a maple wing, or samara? 

The distinctive fruits are called samaras, “maple keys”, “helicopters”, “whirlybirds” or “polynoses”. These seeds occur in distinctive pairs each containing one seed enclosed in a “nutlet” attached to a flattened wing of fibrous, papery tissue. They are shaped to spin as they fall and to carry the seeds a considerable distance on the wind.
— Wikipedia

Hope you'll read the whole poem by going to Sky Island Journal Issue 5 and scrolling until you come to my name, and then you click the link to open my poem. 


Here's a short slideshow of some of my favorite maple wings:

All photos and text ©Kelly DuMar 2018 unless otherwise attributed