In Waikiki

take your child.

At dusk go under

banyan branches.

Each of you find

 

rootfall.

Turn. Lean your

shoulder blades on

bark. Sink your soles

in mud.

 

Now, inhale the lemon scent of plumeria.

Now close your eyes.

 

Do you hear the

mynahs singing of food?

The musicians of love,

and island gods?

The wave crash, the scrape

 

of cardboard

on dirt, the siren?

Do you hear your child?

Listen, she says, the

fish are singing too.

 

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Elizabeth Kuelbs holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work is published or forthcoming in The Hawaii Women’s Journal, The Children’s Writers Guild, Vestal Review, Cricket, and other venues. 

 

“Pink Sunset of My Dreams Free Creative Commons Waikiki Beach, Hawaii (192074461)” by Pink Sherbet Photography from Utah, USA – Pink Sunset of My Dreams Free Creative Commons Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.