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You're the first woman I've ever gone running with
so pardon me if I stare at you incredulously
wondering how it is that you can laugh and laugh
while I'm concentrating on breathing.
Almost six feet tall in bare feet
you match me stride for stride
as we flirt with sand crabs and plovers
and waves that kiss the shore
the sand quickly absorbing the liquid invasion.
Wonder Woman, just an hour ago
your hair was up in a bun.
Large-framed glasses hugged your nose and upper cheeks
and a white uniform gave you a professional
clinical air. Now just look at you, Miss Nurse!
Shedding your uniform and public image
becoming a feisty spirit on a lonely beach.
You're the first woman I've ever done this with
so pardon me if I have the time of my life
letting go of the starch in my psyche
and rediscovering the little boy in me.
More Poetry From The Pen Of Hawaiian Odysseus
- The Sleeping Giant of Hawaii
An icon that graces the Kaua'i tourism brochures is Nounou Mountain or, as it is more commonly known, The Sleeping Giant. A writer pays tribute by way of a prose poem to the resting behemoth.
- Poalima Morning
Struggling with insomnia due to the island humidity, a man goes out for a walk. He finds himself drawn to the vicinity of Nawiliwili Bay on the island of Kaua'i. There, he encounters the Polynesian version of the proverbial and elusive leprechaun.
- Blessed is the Father
The poet is a father of three and a grandfather of three. With an earnest desire to commemorate fatherhood and lovingly uplift and encourage fathers everywhere, he offers this Father's Day salute.
In 1982, a devastating hurricane wreaked havoc on the three northwestern Hawaiian islands of Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, and O'ahu. Hawaiian Odysseus pays tribute to the spirited people who persevered.
- The Limu Picker
To provide for his family, this writer's father harvested limu kohu--a species of edible seaweed--on the reefs of Kakanui on the northeast coast of Kaua'i. Decades later, a son's poem and a grandson's photograph pay tribute to the family patriarch.