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Mary Lou Taylor


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Mo Tzo

ran slipping

sliding  half falling

until his idea lifted into the air

captured forces never before controlled.

Simplicity of a silken diamond

crossed with bamboo sticks

trailed by a long queue.

Mo Tzo’s piece

of tissue

caught

   and

         held

                the

                   joy     

                                      of

                                          wind.

 

From Bringing Home the Moon (Aldrich Press, 2015).
Used here with the author’s permission.

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Mary Lou Taylor tried three other majors before settling on English. A teacher off and on for many years, she got serious about writing poetry after she retired. Author of one book and published in several journals and anthologies, she has a second book in the works and has proven retirement to be the myth it so often is by continuing to teach a few writing and poetry classes. Learn more about Mary Lou, who lives in Saratoga, California, at www.maryloutaylor.wordpress.com.

 


Post New Comment:
jtmilford:
The form and words of your poem completely captures the joy and history of kites and wind. Thanks
Posted 04/09/2016 07:45 PM
pwax:
Love it!
Posted 04/09/2016 04:19 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the delicacy of this poem.
Posted 04/09/2016 03:39 PM
transitions:
Wonderful...
Posted 04/09/2016 02:52 PM
Jo:
Great visual, Mary Lou. Summers in Ocean City, NJ--all the kites, all the joy in the sky in a little boy's hand.
Posted 04/09/2016 01:45 PM
erinsnana:
I loved this!
Posted 04/09/2016 11:14 AM
paradea:
Like this one...shape and all!!!
Posted 04/09/2016 10:46 AM
ElizabethP:
Wonderful!
Posted 04/09/2016 09:36 AM
cork:
I can see the bamboo sticks holding your words together.
Posted 04/09/2016 08:30 AM
vscholtz:
A joy!
Posted 04/09/2016 07:22 AM
Newf:
I grew up by the ocean and every spring boys flew kites. A wonderful memory. Love the language and form of this poem as well. Sincere thanks.
Posted 04/09/2016 03:22 AM


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