Sugar Maple · Virginia Kendall Area

Upon Learning That Double Samaras Also Litter The Heavens

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by Steve Brightman

And it’s not enough
to know sugar maples
have lined the banks
of Lake Erie since
before Christ literally
or figuratively
walked the earth.
And it’s not enough
to feel the sweetened
cool of their canopy
as they blacken the sun
above the luscious
gurgle of the Cuyahoga.
And it’s barely enough
          —just barely—
to heap young belief
upon young belief that
they are angel wings
helicoptering from the
Ohio sky just for you.

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