1. Maikai Kauai, Beautiful Kauai
White blue crayola-green island,
Eden with a thousand waterfalls,
sixty million year old shield volcano,
Elvis was here for the filming of Blue Hawaii,"
At its center, Mt. Waialeale, 5,100 feet,
wettest spot on earth.
Lovers in the movie Thorn Birds,
2. The Groom
body of a dancer
birthplace of the hula
A saying and a binding,
birth of marriage
3. The Bride Gives Directions
Nothing marks the route, she says,
all at once giving back light
in all directions.
Herself an Eden,
a fountain of gardens.
Calls us to Eden.
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Wedding with fruit and stringed instruments,
wedding as awakening,
bisque white sea foam
white night-blooming jasmine,
4. A Fathers Offering
head lei of close-pressed flowers,
sunlit daughter on a sun-struck island.
Kauai, Hawaii - September 9, 1999