“Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them.”
– Isaiah 42:10 (NIV)
Heritage of Island Charm
Crashing waves of crystal turquoise
billowing within ocean’s fold
borders of emerald green coastlines
sand practically white as snow.
Banana trees flourish
amid pineapple pure and sweet
Banyan trees creating a spiral sculpture
fragrant flowers bursting with tropical palettes.
Faint beats of bongos and ukuleles
tall palms reaching for the daytime star
against a sky splashed with spongy white clouds
brush strokes of peach, lilac and powdered blue.
Macaws drenched in a coat of jewel tones
peacocks spreading their tails like the fan of a geisha girl
a school of whales dance to the rhythm of the ebb tide
geckos running to and fro.
From a conch shell inlaid with mother of pearl
the traditional call signaling celebration resounds
fruits of the sea and a kalua pig roasting in an imu
passion fruit, papaya and mango bountiful to eat.
As the sun says goodnight
an umbrella of twinkling stars applaud
a gentle breeze of island charm
whisking you into the arms of palatial bliss.
* This poem by Kym Gordon Moore is found in her book Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit (2009)