Jealous, she calls
and raises one fist high.
She’s a miracle-
and younger than
Poetry — what an objectively
disagreed upon reality, filled to overflow
with such things like fringe combs
and metallic tea jugs. Best now
to bring it to a boil, to set on
the balcony railing and let seep
Legs like barnacles
swing wide over the stone wall
to wait the coming storm.
Such joy in a white stucco world
of butterflies and garden gnomes
and fistfuls of choices for breakfast!
There can’t possibly be anything in the world more complicated
than a sourdough starter.
I feed Edgar every 24 hours, sometimes more
if he moans and belches
a watery black liquid. “Hooch” this is called, and apparently
I am to stir it back in
and just keep feeding. But Edgar doesn’t like the sun
& doesn’t like the pantry
& doesn’t like cool water and it must be filtered
I ask you how I am to do this
With fistfuls of ocean, I scrub
the soles of my feet—
exhausting flakes for the fish food
watching the waves lose pieces
in a fist fight with the breeze.
I got a whole lotta sand
to figure things out.
The sun will wait for me
patiently kissing umbrella clouds
til my blue towel be set near that low wall.
Not for the first time do I wonder
how long this will last.
Harnessing light from underneath garage doors
I slide myself gently into the sea.
Beginning is the most difficult.
Here is this vision, this goal, this dream.
Here is the triumphant ending, here are the quick montage days of the “normal” middle, and here is the second breakfast on the unusually warm day and the little boy passing a granola bar through the car window while I rest my bicycle against my thighs at the traffic stop.
What is that, there?
What is that beginning but an unsanctimonious attempt at convincing the masses (yourself very much included) that the end goal is achievable, somehow, someday you will get to those middle days.Continue reading “Start Here”
If I am caught
hold tight the strings
against the seagull’s squalor
and tight against
the fading light. The children
shriek a sandy progress
and to my expedite delight
the winds that harness
heaven’s hurry take these
piercing shrieks far from me.
Far, far above the landscape
the corners of me
The waves on south shore Oahu are limp during the winter months.
Adrenalized surfing doesn’t take place until April (really mid-May), when surprise swells from the Tasman Sea rip into the bays of Waikiki and Ala Moana. Sudden waves barrel on top of longboards, chipping them against the coral heads exposed during low tide.
And such a surprise swell last April!Continue reading “Surf Guru’s Three Rules”
Three days before, the slip-on NR bicycle lamps on our handlebars were swiped. A neighbor reported seeing a black SUV pull up to the front of the apartment building and a man run to the back, trigger the motion sensor lights, and run back to the SUV. My landlady suggested other places we could secure our bikes, and we considered them.Continue reading “Gutted”
Better to be an amateur.
Better to gather knowledge like a drink from the river on a hot day, fistfuls of books and essays on life itself.
Better to equip myself with “permission to continue”.
I stand near my kitchen window in Oahu, listening to zebra doves on the telephone wires outside cooing to each other in the midmorning breeze. The mountain trade winds sweep down the Manoa valley and fill our one-bedroom apartment. I have never before been so lucky. Or so itchy. So itchy for movement, for callousing my hands against the bicycle handlebars in the heat of noon. So itchy for sweat beads carving dust lines through my face.Continue reading “On the Will to Move”
Days ebb into days again
nothing so precious
all chokeholds relax —
I feel the spring breeze
become the spring breeze
the warmth of the morning sun
the morning sun.
With my eyes so rid of this fixity,
I see peripherally —