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Updated on August 25, 2013
Hurricane 'Iwa
Hurricane 'Iwa

Much like a woman used and scorned, you came

and wreaked destruction on our islands fair

far greater than your mother Nina's claim

full five and twenty years ago. How dare

you seek to imitate atomic blast

and with your banshee wail disrupt the lull

of Paradise? Your ailing ego cast

Pacific irony as you did cull

O'ahu, Kaua'i, and Ni'ihau

as targets for your vengeful Cyclops eye.

Three hundred million dollars plus, your row

has cost, but even as we wonder, Why?--

We dare to stand and reach for heaven's star;

how spirited we island people are.


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    Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    That's a great goal! Thanks for sharing it with me and I wish you much success on your journey. Happy belated birthday too!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state


    Ah, the arrogance of man as he shakes his fist at the elements... : )

    Thank you, Christy, for taking time to drop by and read this poem. Just wanted to share a quick tidbit with you before signing off.

    I celebrate my 60th birthday today. Never thought I'd make it this far, so I'm very grateful to God for the milestone. One of the things I'm putting into my bucket list is this--I will write my 1000th Hub by my 70th birthday! Wish me well, and I'll be doing the same on this end for you. Thanks for inspiring me!

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    Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is neat the way you speak to the storm and through the form of poetry. The weather can be so turbulent... perhaps that is why I like that I live in a mild climate.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you for your empathetic comment, clairemy. Having been both within the eye of a storm as well as hearing about one from afar, I can tell you that the anxiety is greater with the latter because of the fear of the potential harm to loved ones. At times like that, it's very difficult to remember that such events were here long before any of us were around. You're absolutely right about our part in it all--the will to persevere and survive. Thanks for reading and commenting about 'Iwa. Continued success with your wonderful writing!

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    Claire 6 years ago

    natures fury cannot be beaten, but simply withstood, well written and I am sure that's exactly how a hurricane feels.