Poems & Essays

21 Dec

This Day You Are Leaving My Nest

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Everything before it appeared on earth had first its being in spirit. ~ Aristotle

This day you are leaving my nest
I must answer that ages old question
with story and name it Formation.
How once in a moment my ovary shed
an egg spinning the very same day
your father called in a circle dancing.
And dipped his wing swinging us into a whirl
which sent my egg dizzying into his sperm –
a spectacular union – this holy explosion
of foaming and whiting, this tumbling and
twisting of rope-like strands, anchoring spirit
in crystalline shell for the spiraling down down
into the blue of my being – so
at the close of this singular day
I could lay you so earthly into my nest
and heat all the hours for eating your
yolk and sharpening a tooth
for you to break open
to breathe and to be


Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator whose chapbook “All These Cures,” won the 2014 Lit House Press poetry contest. Kelly’s poems and essays are published in dozens literary journals, including Poydras Review, Kindred, Pamplemousse, Tupelo Quarterly, and Milo Review. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and published by dramatic publishers. She produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights & Poets, held at Wellesley College, now in its 10th year. Her website is KellyDuMar.com

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