Friday, February 6, 2015


image courtesy imaginary garden with real toads

the lashes of my eyes flicker with thoughts of hot sand
hot sand scorching my mind to savour the insoles of feet
of feet trending from a skimpy bikini, its string tying my navel
tying my navel to the gentle rippling waves of Grand Anse
Grand Anse beach where i'll sit under a big hat
a big hat which hides my birth scar when i visit on vacation
© gillena cox

Written in response to 'Your Poetic Eye: Kumulipo'
Imaginary Garden With Real Toads
Ella's challenge for us today - to take the place where you were born-the state, the providence, the country-whatever you prefer and add the richness of this area to your poem.

“The “Kumulipo” is an old Hawaiian prayer chant that poetically describes the creation of the world. The word literally means “beginning-in-deep-darkness.” Here darkness doesn’t connote gloom and evil. Rather, it’s about the inscrutability of the embryonic state; the obscure chaos that reigns before germination.”

O ke au i kahuli wela ka honua
O ke au i kahuli lole ka lani
O ke au i kukaŹ»iaka ka la
O ke au o Makali'i ka po...

In English:

At the time when the earth became hot
At the time when the heavens turned about
At the time when the sun was darkened
To cause the moon to shine...