Big Island of Hawaii!

A close encounter with the Pele, the goddess of the volcano. A close encounter with life and earth under formation. A close encounter with myself. I took the photo when I arrived, I wrote the poem when I left.

Pele Reaches the Ocean.

Laka,

Sacred guardian of sunshine.

My skin is your canvas.

Paint me naked

with the warmth of the daylight.

Laka,

Goddess of Hula,

take me in your arms

and dance with me

in this ocean of fire.

Laka,

breathe on my heart

the spiritual light of the sun.

And when night comes,

make me a bed under the stars.

Cover me with tee leaves

and chant me a soft lullaby

About the rocks and the roots.

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