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Kingfisher’s Saturday Afternoon Poetry with Seven Dhar

Jul 15, 2015

Common seal pupAlhambra resident Don Kingfisher Campbell is…

On July 18th, Kingfisher presents “An Afternoon of Emerging Urban Poetry” at the Pasadena Central Library, Santa Catalina Branch, and poets include Beverly LaFontaine who’s on Pasadena’s Red Hen Press Advisory Board, Nancy Lynee Wood of Lucid Moose Press (these small press names are marvelous), and Seven Dhar, member of the Los Angeles Poet Society.

An “open reading” period will follow with sign ups beginning at 3 p.m.

Saturday Afternoon Poetry
Saturday, July 18th, 3-5 p.m.
Pas. Public Library, Santa Catalina Branch, 999 E. Washington Blvd. 91104
Free event
For more info, visit SaturdayAfternoonPoetry

 

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Silkie Boots
by Seven Dhar

The slippery seal shimmied onto the shore.
Beware the sharks, the others implored.
The seal paid no mind, the snow soft as it shined.
It rolled and it roared, cooed as it chimed.

What a strange seal, the others opined,
To dread not the club, the claw, or the clime
When all we have here are macos with might,
Bulls and nurses, and the great white.

The shadow hovered; someone to play?
You’re in my sun; advance or gangway!
The shadow advanced, brought out its bat.
Where is my ball? Perhaps the shadow wants that!

The others ran fleet, yet others swam fast
To see the whole field overshadowed so vast.
When it’s a playmate you wish for, attend:
Play with the sharks, but beware the Men.

 

Copyright © “Silkie Boots” by Seven Dhar

*Silkie: (Old English seolh, Gaelic selchidh) Irish, Scottish, and Icelandic lore describes silkies as “seal” mermaids in the sea who on land shed their skins to temporarily become human. According to legend, a human who steals their skin can compel them to marry.

Find more at SevenDhar.wordpress.com.

 

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Photo, grey seal on beach, by Perry Bill, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Illustration of selkies; source unknown.

 




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