On Leaving Maui

—Lesa Medley


Sunlight glistening
waves crashing
palm trees swaying
hibiscus and plumeria,
ah, the plumeria,
its heady fragrance
perfumes the air
and casts a spell
like no other
strong trade wind breezes
keep it all
in constant motion
puffy white pillow clouds
hover above and
cling to the mountaintops
Kihei sits directly
across the water
from my spot
on the Maalea Harbor
Wailea, to the far right,
almost to the end of the point,
although I am preparing
to leave this place,
I am not yet ready
to say Aloha, goodbye,
there is comfort and solace;
however, in knowing
that I most certainly
will return.


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