What Grows in Darkness

By |2013-02-01T19:40:46-06:00February 1st, 2013|Hawaii, Poetry|

"You darkness, that I come from, I love you more than all the fires that fence in the world, for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone, and then no one outside learns of you. But the darkness pulls in everything: Shapes and fires, animals and myself, How easily it gathers them!- Powers and people- And it is possible a great energy Is moving near me. I have faith in nights." Rilke, trans. Robert Bly Like the darkness of the womb, like the land of po in Hawaiian cosmology, it is [...]

Taking Care of the Babies

By |2012-12-20T04:38:36-06:00December 20th, 2012|Hawaii|

Winter birds have gathered by the hundreds along the shoreline. Black and grey coots skitter across the sparkling sea preparing to lift into the sky. A long string of Western grebes and ducks are sprinkled among the flickers of light on the surface like pepper on a sugar frosted silver cake. In the midst of all this beauty, my heart turns to the recent killing of twenty first graders in Newtown, Connecticut. To the parents of those children, the families of the heroic teachers and staff who did their best to protect those [...]

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