Little Polynesian Angel

Dance little Polynesian Angel...
Dance little Polynesian Angel... | Source
Beautiful Hawaii... How pretty it must look from the view of an angel...
Beautiful Hawaii... How pretty it must look from the view of an angel... | Source
Fly above the mountains, little Polynesian angel
Fly above the mountains, little Polynesian angel | Source

Little Polynesian Angel

When our son was only six months old, he became sick with a severe respiratory infection that mainly affected his airway. He had to spend two months in a hospital, located in Honolulu, Hawaii. He required breathing treatments and eventually had to have a tracheostomy tube put in, which was removed when he was about two years old. He spent his first Easter in the hospital, which was bad enough…. But we also went through a memorable experience there that will remain with me forever. The room he was in was located in a children’s ward, at a military hospital. They didn’t have private rooms; they had shared spaces separated by curtains.

One day, we watched a little girl about age 10 walking down the hallway pushing a rolling IV cart. Her Mother and sister were walking alongside her. I had asked one of her visitors what caused her to be in the hospital? She told me that the little girl had been a recurring patient for years and that she had rheumatic heart disease. She then told me that it was a “side effect” from having developed rheumatic fever as a baby.

I felt terrible for this little one, so young and facing so many challenges and literally fighting every day for her life. How slowly she walked and how labored the effort. Her mother and sister walking beside her was a true display of love.

One night, my son had gone to sleep and I was sitting by his bedside watching his quiet, rhythmic breathing. I heard a gasp, and heard some crying … then whispers… “noooo”… and more crying coming from the space next door. I knew something terrible had happened, they called a “code” and medical personnel came running to this little girl’s side… I just had a feeling. You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, that one.

This little girl, who was so young and had fought so hard for her life, had lost her battle sometime in the night. She left us that night, and since I have the belief that all little children that pass on go to heaven, she went to heaven sometime in the middle of a warm, soft breezed, starry Hawaiian Spring night.

That next morning, the mood in the ward was somber. I had never personally known a small child that had passed away. Everyone was totally silent as they wheeled her out of the ward, a little sheet covering her. Her relatives were crying and walking alongside of her… they didn’t want to leave her side. No one was prepared for someone this young to leave… not yet….not ever…..

Little Polynesian Angel

Free from pain

Dancing in the softly falling rain

Little one so fair

With not a single care

Dance Little Polynesian Angel

As the Scent of Plumeria,

Hibiscus, Kukui and Orchids

Waft softly through air

Fill our souls as a prayer

Sounds of pahu drum

Ukulele and steel guitar

Playing, floating

On gossamer wings afar

Dance little Polynesian Angel

Run like the wind

Never tiring

Double rainbows appear

Dance little angel fair

Flowers in your hair

Barefoot tapping

On the floor of heaven

Dance Little Polynesian Angel

For you are today

And will for eternity be

Mau Loa – (Forever)

Ke Aloha – (Beloved)

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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

a beautiful tribute!

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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thank you picklesandrufus! :) Glad you like it! :)

SusieQ42 5 years ago

I love your story and poem. Story so sad but poem so victorious! My little girl is in Heaven too. Beautiful...

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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks so much for understanding, SusieQ42, I was aiming for the poem to be one of victory and not totally of sadness. Thank you for your thoughtful comment! :)

lavender3957 5 years ago

Such a touching and beautiful story and poem. My little grand daughter is in heaven too. Thanks for sharing this awesome hub.

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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

You're so welcome, lavender3957. I'm glad you like it. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

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sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Beautiful imagery of being released of earthly pain and dancing with blissful peace. Thanks for sharing this peace

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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

You're welcome, sweethearts2, and thank you for your thoughtful comments. :)

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful, touching tribute. Thank you for sharing!

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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thank you too, MsDora, I always appreciate you all reading! :) So glad you liked it!

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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

The story is so sad, but the poem is a wonderful memory! Thank you so much for sharing! Voted up!

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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks, rlaha.. it is a sad story, every once in a while the memories come back, but I try to find comfort in the thought that heaven needed another little angel. :) Glad you like it!

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