NO PROBLEM

by Konai Helu Thaman

 

we wait in the dark

hoping the new moon 

will give us sight

we listen in the night

for the spirit bird’s song

to herald a new day

 

but our first glimpse of dawn

only touches 

the sand

that blocks our vision

of you

 

like a young girl picking 

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flowers for her friend’s lover

we are left 

only with the fragrance

of langakali and mohokoi

now your resting place

 

the new moon is slanting

the birds have gone to sleep

the beach is empty

the lagoon has no fish

and the eyes have been plucked

from the prisoner

 

but here at USP

we can still see

you have not left us

(Allan)

you are still here

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