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May 2015

By Lara Niedermeyer

May is a transition month as we finish up spring and move into summer. The weather here in Western Washington turned early this year, and the last few weeks have been filled with summer temps and hardly any rain. My plants are confused, and so are my students and my children. Everything is screaming that it’s time to be done with work and spend the lengthening days playing and resting. It surprised me when Memorial Day arrived…it felt late, as though it happened ages ago, and its arrival brought an unusual sense of déjà vu for me.

This season more than others in recent memory, I’ve found my thoughts turning to those beyond the veil and how and why those of us still here honor and remember them. Both of our pieces this month wander along the theme of this most recent holiday as well.

In Caroline Tung Richmond’s essay “Midnight Thoughts of a Military Wife,” which is a favorite from 2009 which we’ve reprinted before, a young woman considers her connection to her solider husband, the fears which wake her in the night and how she manages them.

Another favorite from past years is Heather Halcrow’s poem, “Obituary,” is both a stark and subtle piece about what we are left with when a loved one dies.

Wishing you a gorgeous spring/summer transition—

Lara Niedermeyer
Poetry Editor

Table of Contents:
Essay- “Midnight Thoughts of a Military Wife” by Caroline Tung Richmond
Poem- “Obituary” by Heather Halcrow

 

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About Lara Niedermeyer

Lara Niedermeyer writes to savor and connect. Growing up in Port Townsend, Washington, she was surrounded by art in all its forms and the wild coast of the Pacific. This foundational experience and landscape continue to shape her creative choices. Raised on the poems of Carol Lynn Pearson (whose books she snuck off her mother’s shelf and hid in her suitcase when leaving home), she revels in poetry which is both mystical and plain-spoken. Joining Segullah in 2009, she previously served as Poetry Editor and on the Poetry Board. Her poems have been published in the anthology “Seasons of Change,” Segullah, and read aloud for the “Words Fall In” podcast. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, where she rents vintage dishes for events, and regularly teaches writing workshops.

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