A Poem About Sugar Maple Helicopters

My neighbor's Sugar Maple is gorgeous right now!
My neighbor's Sugar Maple is gorgeous right now!
Look at all those helicopters!
Look at all those helicopters!

Tree seed helicopters

have always fascinated me. I love to stand beneath a tree and watch as they break from their limbered prisons and let the wind take them away. I love the feeling of the thousands of twirling samaras falling toward me, and I love the sound they make as they fall; a sort of wooden clatter.

Autumn has always been one of my favorite seasons,

and here is one of the many reasons why. Now that the helicopters are are about to fall, I know the brilliant hues will be next!

Helicopters, helicopters

The tree's red tints hint of fall
helicopters, helicopters.
of pairs and shares of seeds with tips
helicopters, helicopters.
The wind, it sways the copters all
helicopters, helicopters.
and shows a maples' merriment.
helicopters, helicopters.

The helicopters are fit to fall
helicopters, helicopters.
round and round they twirl and dip.
helicopters, helicopters.
I stand beneath to catch them all
helicopters, helicopters.
but fail and watch the copters sit.
helicopters, helicopters.

A science video of Maple seeds.

I found this uber interesting. It's a Maple seed falling in slow motion!

Please VOTE! =)

What is your favorite type of tree seed?

  • Nuts
  • Pods
  • Cones
  • Samara (Helicopters)
  • Hairy Seeds
  • Multiple Seed Clumps
  • Drupes (Cherries)
  • Burs (Prickly Ohio Buckeyes)
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© 2011 Jennifer Kessner

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Kari_24 5 years ago

Love this! Always loved playing with helicopters as a kid.


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Meisjunk 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@Kari_24: Thanks! =D Good to know I'm not the only one. I hope you're able to rediscover that part of your childhood this year!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up, beautiful, and interesting. I love your use of imagery in this hub, meisjunk! Although, I'm a pine-cone lover myself, the sugar maple helicopters do bring back memories of my childhood. I love this line particularly - "watch as they break from their limbered prisons and let the wind take them away". Such a beautiful picture popped up in my mind when I read this! The poem was phenomenal too. Great job, friend.


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Meisjunk 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks, Kitty! =) I had a lot of fun the other day sitting under my neighbor's maple tree. It brought back tons of memories, and I had to bring out my notebook right there! I'm glad my imagery is doing it's job! It's what I focus on always.

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