Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Hawaii



-->cobalt sea, high tides – ‘f th’longest day would ever end,
you’d see th’million stars
(3-17)





forbidden because
it’s risky – hard rains on th’fourth
in th’haiku valley
(10-16)






labor day - haiku
stairs guard takes our photograph;
in fog, a smile's lost
(10-10)







chirping stilt protests
tenuous relationship
on pearl harbor beach
(1-13)






pounding 'f th'taro root,
while lava 'n' th'condos advance -
its echo fills th'valley
(1-15)






banyan tree ‘n front street
if costumes flaunt th’native ways,
then what ‘bout th’hiker?
(10-16)









rain pounds windward side,
haiku valley mission postponed -
saints day step van tea
(1-14)









urge to pray - during
volcano park ranger's tale,
r'members it's souls' day
(11-14)




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volcano park tale –
souls’ day, it’s true, ‘n’ ev’ryone’s
standing on lava
(3-17)






vets' day, pahoa -
twelve hundred degree lava,
best to step aside
(11-14)







kailua tourist -
tells how aunt picked fights over
that turkey carcass
(11-13)








pacific sailor –
weeks ‘t sea, comes t’dock ‘t pearl harbor
on its special day
(4-17)









ev’ry december,
dreamed ‘f bombs ‘n’ death – never dreamed he’d
go back t’pearl harbor
(10-16)






season of giving
makaha surfer’s touchy
about a good wave
(12-15)






still mad ‘t obama –
came t’th’islands f’r th’hol’days, never
wore th’aloha shirt
(12-15)






won’t watch th’super bowl
says ‘t kept th’mainland from seeing
elvis in hawaii
(10-16)






they met 'n oahu,
came over to th'big island -
winter crowds depressed'm
(3-10)








landing, we share dreams -
hers, more champagne, waikiki,
mine, the haiku steps
12-11






tycoon with th’model –
besides champagne ‘n’ th’twelve-hour flight,
nothing else ‘n common
(10-16)







pearl harbor tourist -
new year brings recognition
thirty years' nightmares
(1-13)






haiku valley fog
envelops a steep ladder -
balanced on new year
(10-10)








metal stairs unhinged,
haiku valley shrouded in fog –
nother year, ‘bout gone
(6-16)






broker, waikiki
th’infinite blue ‘f th’ocean,
epiphany ‘t th’ticker
(2-16)








big island sunset –
th’cobalt blue ‘f th’sea moves on, takes
th’epiph’ny with it
(10-16)









he likes th’kona storms
when there’s snow ‘n mauna kea,
he’ll go up t’see it
(3-16)




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lanai petroglyphs –
they speak through th’ages, even
when th’kona winds blow
(3-17)







waits for th’kona storms
‘leven months ‘f perfect weather,
‘bout t’go out ‘f his mind
(3-17)




tale ‘t banyan tree square –
local tells ‘f th’winter th’whalers
stoned lahaina
(3-16)






tales ‘f lahaina
why th’whalers, so mad ‘t th’village,
threw stones ‘t th’banyan square
(3-17)







frigid small town vows
behind, waikiki ahead -
surf breaks and crashes
(2-10)






ocean's pearl sparkles
from mainland march, sun has strayed
temptress oahu!
(10-05)







makaha surfer
not much t’show f’r th’tax refund, but
by god that’s his wave
(10-16)









busy restaurant
loses bride's lu'au - groom's eyes
on duke in finals
(3-10)








chance visit t’ th’lava
spring break – found his true calling,
restoring koi ponds
(10-16)







th’hibiscus blooms red
th’park lass claims they were planted
for her majesty
(6-15)








a nisei’s loyalty,
she says, spraying th’hibiscus,
‘s always in question
(6-15)






kapiolani
lass, mem’ries of hachimachi –
most loyal to th’flow’rs
(6-15)






hibiscus gard'ner -
most nisei loyal, grandma
made hachimachi
(1-15)







hibiscus gard’ner,
‘n kapiolani, th’queen’s garden –
hard part’s hauling th’mulch
(10-16)






fresh hibiscus, right ear –
th’locals in honolulu
know just what it means
(6-16)





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wears th’fresh hibiscus
maybe like th’sailor’s earring,
depends on which ear
(3-17)







easter rains - hilo
laundromat's dull dryer lint,
needle on old jeans
(4-10)





easter fog ‘n’ drizzle –
pu'u loa petroglyphs
still speak t’ th’visitor
(3-17)






deals in currencies –
even ‘n easter ‘n waikiki,
f’nancial obl’gations
(10-16)


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pu’u loa
th’children, so happy school’s out,
try t’read th’petroglyphs
(3-17)





big island sunset -
cobalt sea t'blanket 'f june stars,
tide that pulls both ways
(1-15)

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