The breeze came first,

Followed by dark clouds that obscured the moon.

Then the rain came, nothing more than mist at first,

but magnifying to a light drizzle;

the Pohue equivalent of a torrential downpour.

Half-submerged in sand, my eyes popping, I watched for a dark mass,

the wave of a flipper.

My ears strained for the splattering sound of sand displacement,

the sure sign that nest-building is in progress.

I looked for the long regal neck,

the slightly haughty frown of the Hawksbill.

They are noble beasts, with not much conventional intelligence,

but containing the ancient olfactory cues and magnetic language,

that makes all species of sea turtles natural wonders of evolution.

I hear the rising tide growing louder behind me,

stretching and grabbing and snatching,

trying to yank and wrestle me back to the ocean.

The moon suddenly broke through the clouds,

illuminating the scene around me as if Mount Kilauea had decided to erupt silver.

Above our shack, a perfect arc dominated the sky.

Sturdy as Iron.

Perfect symmetry and the smoothest of edges,

make the Moonbow an unforgettable monument silhouetted beneath the rolling clouds.

Light reflected off the Moonbow, creating a twinkling sea of rain,

drops of moonlight suspended in a Moonbeam.

Seconds felt like hours,

as if even Time had paused to gaze in wonder.

The Mother returned to the sea,

oblivious to the great spectacle in the sky.

It was our second encounter, and we would have one more.

I would never see a Moonbow again.



Written on June 19th, 2017 , Uncategorized

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  1. Ann Liu commented

    Aloha Connor – I enjoyed your poem! What a gift to step away from the hectic pace of modern life and have the opportunity to reflect on the wonders of nature in Hawaii. It’s good for the soul. I hope your work is going well. I miss you.

    June 23, 2017 at 8:03 PM
  2. Richard Stuckmeyer commented

    I am so happy and proud that you are there helping out endangered hawksbill turtle. It has allowed you to ever increase your knowledge of the complexity of our earth. May you have great success in your ecological endevours.

    Richard Stuckmeyer

    June 24, 2017 at 7:18 PM
  3. Debra Liu commented

    Great imagery! I love the way you write so expressive and honest. I really felt like I was there. The photos of the rock with water looks like a turtle head.

    Grandma says “I am just so impressed that my grandson has such writing talent and that I hope he will continue to express his thoughts and become a well-known writer one day.” Lots of love sent your way!

    July 6, 2017 at 1:07 PM
    • connorl commented

      Thanks! love you guys and thank your reading. I am posting two more today.

      August 6, 2017 at 10:20 PM

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