Helicopter Seeds

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Margaret Chula


Written 16 May to 18 September 1995, between Foster City, California and Portland, Oregon. First published in Northwest Literary Forum #26, Spring 1997 page 11.



my fingers trace

a groove of weathered wood—

the happy buddha                                                                           Michael


            twirling down from new maples

            helicopter seeds                                                                  Margaret


flecks of dry paint—

     poplar root

bending the fence                                                                           Michael


angular tilt

of the skateboarder—

his scraped knees                                                                            Margaret


            the rattle of our walk

            across the train trestle                                                       Michael


a raven lands

on the head of a grizzly

—totem pole                                                                                     Margaret