The things I find

15 02 2018

Today I came down with a case of cleaning frenzy in the studio. Not just cleaning, but decluttering as well. You know what I mean! Artists have a reputation of being messy, but frankly, I prefer tidy and organized so I can think more clearly.

One of the happy finds was a haiku I wrote in December 1979. I am including it here with some photo images so it won’t be lost again.

HAIKU

Wake up in the morn

And see the pretty sunrise

From Kaaawa

Mountains by the sea

I see the lion crouching

My own waterfall

Five white horses graze

O’er fence where grass is greener

At Kualoa

Salt spray, ocean mist

Turn on the windshield wipers

It isn’t raining

Slick bay reflections

Morningside of Oahu

Oriental hills

 

Sunrise

Kualoa

 

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Remembering the Manoa Falls Trail

4 02 2014


Sloshing rain puddles/
Feeling like a kid again/
Muddy, barefoot, soaked.

Ponding, waterfalls/
Scents of wet green earth surround/
Warm island winter.

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Copyright 2014 Rebekah Luke





In January

25 01 2014

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Water lily pads
breathe, wait for lotus blossoms
in Spring. Wind chimes sound.

Copyright 2014 Rebekah Luke





For the birds

7 12 2013

Two peacocks appeared
in my garden this morning
looking for salad
 
On the right and left
I missed their iridescence
not their loud love calls
 
Five six seven eight
chickens mingle, look for worms
don’t dare touch cat’s food
 
Fat dove out-raced them
for the tasty little bits
of breakfast. Oh, birds!
Copyright 2013 Rebekah Luke




Last night

31 03 2013
 
Moonlight sonata
wakes me at three forty-five
streams in my window
 
Silence of peacocks
differs from the night before’s
loud cacophony
 
In the cool stillness
I fall back into dreamland
until rooster crows.
 
Copyright 2013 Rebekah Luke
 




Avos and cocos

11 10 2009
Morning light bathes tree
of avos sunny yellow
against blue-gray sky.
Like miniature
candied eggs hanging from tree
our avocados.
Through second-story
window kukui and avo
part for coco trees.
Fuzzy lollipops
wave in the gusty trade winds
two coconut palms.
As long as the tree
avocado grows and grows
birds will have a home.
Avocado Pear

Avocado Pear

I offer a haiku and a painting to honor and thank the avocado tree.

This year it produced 15-20 fruit, judging by the number of sprouting seeds on the kitchen counter. That’s a bumper crop. Usually we  gather just six, but each weighs three pounds. They’re super good, and I try to reserve a couple for the previous homeowner, Linda, who was a good steward of the aina (land) and planted the tree.

The season is over, and we’re enjoying the last of the fresh guacamole.

If you would like a little avocado tree from ours to plant in your garden, and you live in Hawaii, let me know.

Copyright 2009 Rebekah Luke

“Avos and Cocos” is from my book From My Window Seat: Views and Song. —RL








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