Privy to the Mystery
Apricot: high coup
of a tree giving birth to
a premature peach.
Addendum to Haiku
I wish it were possible to simply present the poem along with the beautiful picture. The essence of haiku, after all, is its brevity.
But I hear tell Google, like the original prideful counterfeit, came slithering to the garden and created a crisis where once there had been bliss.
And so haiku in its purest essence was no longer deemed art but rather in dire straits of being substandard.
What's a peach tree to do?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.