Poet Jane Hirshfield said "... the feeling I have about poem-writing (is) that it is always an exploration, of discovering something I didn't already know.  Who I am shifts from moment to moment, year to year.  What I can perceive does as well.  A new poem peers into mystery, into whatever lies just beyond the edge of knowable ground."

I bring a different poem to the writing classes each week, not only to inspire but to introduce new poets to the group members.

New Day by Kealoha

(by Steven Kealohapau'ole Hong-Ming Won aka Kealoha  

we sit here... in darkness
dawn will soon emerge before us
but for now, only silence
words need not be spoken
our eyes soak in the shadows of night
the cold rests upon our skin
as we breath in the stillness
this world is motionless
our bodies are silhouettes in the blanketing moon beams
we gaze up to the infinite sky
fix our eyes
on hōkūpa`a, the north star
it keeps us grounded and steadfast
rooted in our tradition
we are home
the ocean is our soundtrack
the salt air smells of peace
we look to the east
to see
a glow of blue sapphire over the horizon
humming with electricity
the sky is changing
but change comes easy when it comes sustainably

the color, it embraces our gazes gently
with profound understanding
it is rich with wisdom
an accumulation of light growing in the east
traveling past New York and D.C.
past Michigan and California
let us harness the warmth of your experiences
engage our imagination
with an image of our potential
let us never forget how far we’ve come or where we are going
we align our sights with the horizon
and as the blue expands to the collage of cumulus clouds 
hovering above it leaves a thin band of fiery red burning like the underside
of coals we close our eyes and take a mental snapshot so we can remember
how the brush strokes of blue and red blend together in bipartisan
harmony the sky is changing but change comes easy when it’s in the form of unity and equality a noio kōhā bird swoops overhead it is youthful with its power yet elegant in its design its effortless flight is a roadmap for our societal evolution every movement learned through a lifetime of rigorous education its twitch muscles vibrate with the purest of energy its heartbeat pulses with economic efficiency its near weightless feathers are flawless in their technology it calls out to the dawn as the horizon blazes a crisp yellow crescendo and the neon clouds scatter pink patterns across the sky like
staccato jazz notes for visionaries the sky is changing but change comes easy when it understands the intricacies of
education, the economy, and technology palm trees now quiver as the first trade winds set in the `āina stirs to life the anticipation intensifies and as the sky becomes light hōkūle`a, the final remaining star in our sight, still shines above us guides us as our beacon we wrap our wishes into its last visible sparkles: let us fulfill the promises we made to our future generations let us build from the blueprint of our united nation let us come together as one and so we stand, hand in hand, open hearts to the rising sun for a new day in Hawai`i nei has just begun © 2010 Kealoha www.KealohaPoetry.com


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