I know I’ve seen plumeria–those fragrant Hawaiian flowers–and some people even have them growing where I live in San Diego. But somehow it slipped my notice that plumeria is a tree! Today we took a walk through a plumeria grove–with many trees bursting with plumeria blossoms.
Tonight, as we celebrated our last night here in Hawaii, my sweet husband decided I needed a plumeria lei. It was such a treat to feel hugged by the tropics! The warm moist air encouraged the fragrance to emerge, perfuming both me and the air around me. Tonight’s poem tries to capture that moment using the brevity of Haiku. Here’s my attempt:
I woke up this morning to a reminder on Instagram and Facebook that a year ago today I was snowshoeing on Mt. Hood (in Oregon)! What a contrast to my day today where I spent the day at gorgeous Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve (in Hawaii) snorkeling and basking in the tropical sun!
I found myself wanting to write about blue again. This place is all about blue and blue and blue…and then even more blue. I thought I knew blue, but the variations in shades are keeping my eyes in a constant state of definition!
So, in resisting the urge to write about blue, I find myself wanting to reprise a poem I posted from one of my students on our William Carlos Williams day. Caleb captured the wonder of that time after the exclamation point of sunset, when color expands in the sky…a watercolor painting, Mother Nature style.
Here’s Caleb’s piece (again):
The Colorful Afterglow
So much depends
beside the turquoise
As I was thinking about this piece by Caleb, I wrote my own version as we chased the sunset at the end of our day today.
And you can see from my photo, we missed the “just right” sweet spot of sunset. Luckily, we enjoyed the exploration, the just-after sunset experience, and the sweet afterglow of the post sunset sky. After all, you can’t really go wrong in this beautiful setting!