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· U S Chemical and Biological Defense Respirators

Short Stories
· Saddam's Toilet, Part 3

· Saddam's Toilet, Part 2

· Zipping Flies with Papa Hemingway

· Searching For Haumea...

· Farewell to Sherlockville

· Down in the Valley--Chapter 1

· First Class, or Guaranteed Delivery?

· The Fruitcake King of Riyadh

· Maile and the Little Green Menehune

· The First (Near) Ascent of Heartbreak Hill

· German Wartime Ejection Seat Developments

· Luftwaffe Air-Evacuation in WW2

· Creating an authentic 2WK Luftwaffe Aircrewman Impression

· The Luftwaffe 2WK Aviation Watches

· German aviator breathing systems in the 2WK

· Ritter der Lüfte: Chivalry in 2WK aerial combat

· War From the German Perspective: A Matter of Differential History

· Recreating Luftwaffe WW2 History

· Film Review: Final Approach (1991)

· Cafe Racing of the 60s: Rockers, Ton-up Boys and the 59 Club

· If women had udders...!

· Five Up, One Down...

· More dirty climbing limericks

· First ascent of Broad Peak!

· Sawtooth Haiku

· Somewhere in my sleep

· The soundless temple bell

· Hearts and minds

· Rabbit gazing at full moon

· Koto-kaze

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· Local Writer Not Slated to Receive Steinbeck Foundation Recognition

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  Storm-Bridge Moonlight
by Kalikiano Kalei
Saturday, January 22, 2011
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More puerile poems from WAY back in the days when I still had hopes, dreams, ideals and courage to meet the days. Sadly, now I'm an old 'poopy-pants' who has forgotten how to love passionately, but perhaps that's a good thing, eh? Perhaps Martha Stewart would approve? [Berkeley in the early 80s].


I.    Bamboo spring sprouts rise like a challenge
to the quiet breeze outside my doorway,

pathfinder that it is, advance guard
to the next day's stormy confusion.

The sake has become a silver mirror

to reflect both fragile moonbeam slivers

and solitary evening thoughts

of previous evening respites. The lone pine

casts a long and nostalgic shadow 

on my heart as I watch the bamboo bend,

each small gust through fronds

a cold chill winter wind

through my recollections,

till the shadows merge in dusky confluence.

High, high upon the deceitful nighttime zephyr

a mournful No flute confesses sad secrets,

its rusty voice filled with reproach for untold eons

of neglect and regretful misunderstanding.

Too late.

Time is left only to sing a brief

and sad refrain

of moments gone forever,

passed beyond any mortal grasp

or capture.

II.    Tomorrow the storms,

full with fury and nature's unthinking

devastation. Wind and tumult exalting,

the rain returns to pound the mere hopes

of fragile human dust

with vengeance born of

disregard for man's weak and vulnerable pleas.

III.    Today a death,

tomorrow a love,

there seems no rhythm,  no constancy,

just pragmatic blunder on the poorly illuminated

stage of daily experience.

Last week, while reveling in wind and icy snow,

the spirit in the skis sang a dangerous

and melancholy song along the crust

of the Sierra ridge. I listened....

and recognized a painful and lovely memory

dancing through the umbra

of the wind-swept wastes.

It was ameliorated, fortune

and faith be praised,

by distracting contrapuntal melodies

of far removed and distant

times and events…

the ever-present tide of the moment.


IV.    Then, this evening, returning home
from the sad web of loss

in the temple of mortality today,

my eyes fell upon the pictures conspicuous on the butsudan...

The Husky dog, caught forever smiling,

as the great northern dogs are wont to do

perpetually, while by its side

the slim Asian woman leaning forever

on her hiking staff, outlined by trees

frozen on the flanks of summer hills.

It Is a self-invoked sadness

to confront these painful images

in all the perfect imagery

of their capture. A walking-on of coals,

a worrying of bites, insect-delivered

upon slender, insatiable feet.

And yet,

they continue, too important to ever

run the risk of being banished

to dark containers as mere memories

frozen on paper

by the unforgiving yet not entirely heartless

eye of the camera.


V.    The rice Is nearly finished. The sake cup now empty.

An evening of sweet and sour wondering has drained them, as all

other elements of a sorrowful dream

flee quickly to oblivion with the rising of the sun a’morn.

Perhaps sleep will be merciful,

a wooden draught of unconscious moments,

spanning two shores

In non-conductive, striding boots.....

For the worst,

and most painful demons of recollection

sow their seeds of regret

in the smallest hours of the

friendless night

when even the most hope-filled

song of morning's promise

shrivels in mid-utterance.

A prayer for dawn,

and then

an endless swim

in the seas of night...

no bridge

to greet the storms of morning...


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Books by
Kalikiano Kalei

U S Chemical and Biological Defense Respirators

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  1. Noble Fingers And Copper Curls
  2. No One Else But Her
  3. Lilly flower and the Bee
  4. Scented with Love
  5. Valentine's Day Dance
  6. You Give Me
  7. Keep Half My Heart
  8. The Taste Of Love
  9. My Vision of Love
  10. Romantic Ocean Sunset
  11. Gift of Love
  12. A Chapter of Us (Book of Love) To Tiana
  13. When Love Dies
  14. Creating Poetry
  15. Enchanted Wood: A Scottish Love Story
  16. I Trace Her Smile
  17. Intimately
  18. Look into my eyes...
  19. Prisoner
  20. Jacuzzi's R Us

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