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Autumn in Hawaii
by Marcia Miller-Twiford
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This poem was written during the three glorious years I lived in Hawaii.


 

 

 

 

Here in this island paradise
that knows only the summer season
the Great Spirits long ago decreed a tribute
must be made to autumn
and with their generosity of soul
decided to sacrifice

their beloved Plumeria tree.

Reluctantly she sheds her leaves
holding fast to her last blossoms
till the very end then showers
them upon the earth forming
blankets of purest pastel color
like none most eyes will ever see.

Looking out my kitchen window I watch
as the leaves fell silently on the walkway
seemingly weeping tears
like a little child whose double-dip
ice cream from a cone lays at his feet
one can but imagine a whimper of protest
for no new buds come forth
the tree knows what to her has been decreed.

The fallen blossoms pink, white or yellow
fall one by one and are scooped up
to adorn the hair of the maidens,
made into the last Plumeria leis till next spring,
decorate a plate of food lovingly presented,
or float with candles in a bowl,
and each year we who love her feel badly
for the sacrifice of the lovely Plumeria tree.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Although not indigenous to the Islands, for generation after generation the Hawaiian people have believed the Plumeria tree to be sacred. Consequently Plumeria is always capitalized. Plumeria is also called frangipani.

© Marcia Miller-Twiford
2002

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Reviewed by JMS Bell
WHAT A FANTASTIC PICTURE - THE BLOSSOMS ARE BREATHTAKING. THE IMAGERY IN THIS WORK IS JUST WONDERFUL. I'VE NEVER BEEN THERE BUT YOUR WORK AND YOUR INTRODUCTION MAKES ME HOPE TO TRAVEL THERE ONE DAY. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
Beautifully written poem.Even though I have never been to Hawaii,it is indeed one of the most gorgeous and romantic islands in the world.Thank you for sharing your experience in the island.take care

EDWIN
Reviewed by Ankin Timourian
Beautiful imagery from exotic Hawaii. I have been there twice and this is the third time you took me there with your gentle poetry...
Love, Ankin
Reviewed by Dale Clark
So beautiful, having never been to Hawaii, you've captured
it for me. Thanks Marcia.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Marcia, the imagery in this is simply beautiful!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos
One goes around the world, see so many sunsets from so many landscapes and yet...sitting at the Blue Dolphin terrace by Waikiki Beach surrounded by thousands and one intoxicating aromas of peace, one becomes a island's native himself.
Great poem, like an "aloha" by itself.

Georg

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Marcia,

You take me to Paradise in your lines - beautifully penned and imaged! Well done, and thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by John Flanagan
Marcia,
Vivid and beautiful imagery and fine expression make this a very special piece of writing.

John
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
What a beautiful land to live on, so rich in history...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse
A visual and stunning image of a land I've never visited. Now, another reason to add Hawaii to my Bucket List.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
The poem as exquisite as the tree, with an extra gift of
personal experience offered...Thanks for sharing...
Reviewed by David Hightower
Marcia - Enjoyed the myth of the Plumeria tree. Vivid imagery:

The fallen blossoms pink, white or yellow
fall one by one and are scooped up
to adorn the hair of the maidens,
made into the last Plumeria leis till next spring,
decorate a plate of food lovingly presented,
or float with candles in a bowl,

- David
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