Fly a Kite Day by Marjorie Maddox

Fly a Kite Day
        -June 15, 2022

In the wind is the curl of her grandma’s gray, is the twirl
of her mother’s spin, is the sway of the willow’s green
while, no longer tethered, the girl swings into a sky
papered with kites. See how the bright diamonds—
both flimsy and strong—dip into dreams she shares
with them: women she knew only as passing breeze.
Still, she rises on their breath, hovers on their stories.
It is the same air. And she is not the hand or the string,
but, with them, a kaleidoscope of kites, high in the sky
                                                                                                   and soaring.


Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published 13 collections of poetry— including Transplant, Transport, TransubstantiationBegin with a Question (Paraclete 2022), and the ekphrastic collaboration with Karen Elias Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For (Shanti Arts 2022)—the story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite), four children’s/YA books. In the Museum of My Daughter’s Mind, based on her daughter’s paintings, is forthcoming in 2023 (Shanti Arts). Please see

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