Kathleen Hellen

Fear, Desire—Feathers that Fly

The slender fingers of the daffodil
signal their come-hither. The rolling green,
the mountains vaguely blue and beckoning a mythic
distance unperturbed by weather. The screen
is a pretense of landscape: Words, numbers keyed
in reflex realities. A daily feed
of systems that summon me to presence
in the network. Sometimes in a clear and present
mind, I elope into the gardens of my own

imagination, where whimsy ferns, where screen gives way
to branches of a pine that stairway
to the blue and clouds departing, sweep aside
the whooing of the thing inside
the thing, downloading—  
The air, though chill, sparkles.
Tiger lilies deepen into dreams.
So many evergreens agree on shade!
One gnarled, twisting, bonsaied by the canopy
and wind, reminds me what a thing
in nature can become, deprived of light,
the mad love of the trees. A bird, death-throated, sings.

Kathleen Hellen is a poet and the author of Umberto’s Night, which won the Washington Writers' Publishing House Poetry Prize and will be published by WWPH in October 2012. Her first book of poems, The Girl Who Loved Mothra appeared from Finishing Line Press in 2010. Her work has appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Cortland Review, Evansville Review, Harpur Palate, Hollins Critic, James Dickey Review, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, Seattle Review, Southern Poetry Review, Stand, Subtropics, Witness, among others, and on WYPR’s "The Signal." Her awards include an Individual Artist Grant in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council. She is senior editor for The Baltimore Review




Current Issue
Contributors' Notes

Email this poem Printer friendly page

A CLOSER LOOK: Philip Dacey

Javy Awan

Ann Gilligan Bond

Shirley J. Brewer

Rick Bursky

Abigail Carroll

Bill Christophersen

Maryann Corbett

Dana Crum

Maureen Donatelli

Karen Greenbaum-Maya on Judy Kronenfeld

Kirsten Hampton

Maryanne Hannan on Kim Roberts

Kathleen Hellen

Paul Hopper

Gray Jacobik on Anne Harding Woodworth

Michael Jones

Remembering Ann Knox

Jean L. Kreiling

Dane Kuttler

Merrill Leffler

Gregory Luce

Greg McBride on Rick Bursky

Bob Meszaros

John Milbury-Steen

Rosanna Oh

Richard Peabody

Roger Pfingston

Heddy Reid

Oliver Rice

Elisavietta Ritchie

W.M. Rivera

Karen Sagstetter

David Sloan

Michael Spring

Naomi Thiers

Michele Wolf

Anne Harding Woodworth

P. Ivan Young

Edwin Zimmerman














Last Updated: Mar 10, 2021 - 2:35:35 PM

Copyright 2005 - 2021 Cook Communication.