When Bob asked me years ago if I wanted to move to New Mexico where Dan and Betty lived. I considered for a bit, then I decided I would miss my maple trees too much! This year the bumper crop of maple seeds have some of the trees hanging low and looking burdened. If was difficult, but I finally got this photo to show you! The opening photo shows the empty stems. Photo below shows both if you look closely.
There was an old song Nat King Cole used to sing about the falling leaves. That melody was encouraging me to write about the maple seeds as I gathered the words and phrases. You can tell I lost the phrasing from the song, but hopefully captured the ideas!
Maple Business ©Molly Lin Dutina 23-5-2 The maple seeds Fall past my window Tan and red They twirl and fly The maple seeds Blow past my window Reminding me The snow is gone These are not flakes, but helicopters Whirlybirds, not icy clumps Coating roofs and every surface Until wind scatters abroad Keeping gutter cover companies in business Even finding their way indoors on shoe soles Thousands upon thousands Every day for weeks they sail There was trouble on the playground If you gathered a clump and Threw them on someone We knew no shame just fame for being sneaky Last autumn they shed red and yellow leaves Bright red tiny blossoms this spring Now showers upon showers of seeds Promises of new maple life The maple seeds, fall past my window Both red and tan these showers twirl In piles on the deck, can’t keep them cleaned off Sweep them on a dry day, sounds like fallen leaves Seeding every nook and cranny I am told online “yummy when eaten fresh!” Next time your salad or potatoes seem boring Strip off propellers, throw in a few seeds A couple weeks more and every flower bed Will sprout maples from whiligigs We will be pulling out shoots for weeks The ones we miss will grow strong Eventually needing a trowel to loosen their grip
The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.Genesis 2:9 NIV