She passed over that water way
Of wild ocean that calls each of us
Away from life and takes us home
To the unseen Ultimate Mother
Of All Things, 10 long years ago.
I didn’t know her then, this icon
Of courage, strength and spirit.
Years after her crossing that bar
I learned of her example, her trial,
The burden of her knowing her life
Would end too soon, too very soon.
She had a warrior’s heart and mind:
Strong aloha that surely would survive,
This brave and beautiful woman!
I could not share her sadness then,
Or her pain, until well past the end,
But found myself amazed, touched
To experience the legacy she left
To all who remain behind, alone.
I think of her now with grief and love,
With inspiration too; her memory
Lingers on in all of us who recall
How, when that far shore summoned,
She departed, gracefully, lovingly,
Courageously, her journey ended
Yet also begun anew and afresh.
Left for us now are the warm memories
And the spirit of loving aloha she shared
With all who came to know her.
10 Years ago she left the shore,
to swim those unknown waters,
Becoming Haumea’s sister
Of the ocean rainbow…