Life’s Run

Milton stumbles shakily around Mānoa Valley amid traffic. Petrarch perambulates Punchbowl Cemetery perusing stark headstones of veterans. Shakespeare window-shops for Hawaiian souvenirs at Ala Moana Center. Whitman whistles while he waits for a bus at the corner of Ward and Kapi‘olani. Dickinson rents a Biki bike at University and rides down Beretania to Alakea Street….

A Very Rough Draft of Jim Harstad’s Memoir, ON HE RODE — Chapter Forty-Eight

ON HE RODE — Chapter Forty-Eight In the meantime I’ll take advantage of what must be the most comfortable seating accommodation anywhere, the first five miles of riding any Greyhound or Trailways cross-country hauler. It never fails, ever. The first thing I sit down I can’t believe how anatomically perfect this wonderful combination of lounge…

Family Tree

I’m sleeping, I think; this has the vivid feeling of a dream. Before my house was rebuilt, a huge mango tree stood in the front yard. Somehow sitting on those long gone steps leading up to the former lānai and front door, I hear a voice call out my name, a small, high one, barely…

Sugar or Salt?

We sat opposite each other, each stirring coffee in thick white cups, trying to cool it off. “Cream,” I said. “Cream would help.” Andrea shook her head. “I think the fat stores the heat, makes it take longer to cool off.” I’d never actually thought about this. It made sense. She was good at making…

Committed to Memory

It is here now for a minute, that finger-drawn face on the steamed glass is yours, ars brevis, fading as the warmth evaporates the room. What aging takes away, aging leaves behind, memory’s bits of steps taken and somethings said, a long and longing trail of warm crumbs turning to cold white brittle pieces, rimed…

Ephemeral

pinkish colored clouds hover above dark mountain shapes a sliver of moon hugs venus surrounded by electric blue slowly darkening into black just another fading sunset above the Waianae mountains the daily interplay of colors and shifting clouds similar but different expected yet unexpected ephemeral displays of nature’s awesomeness touching our souls filling our hearts…

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