Waiting on Pele

by Ruth Saxey-Reese   

Ua hele mai au, ua hele mai au

All night I dream of Pahoa
               shallow sleep crackling
               forest edge-glow
               flooding the hall black, red 

All night pahoehoe creeps 
               kindling ‘ohi’a trunks 
               sideswiping smoked bones 
               stacked high like tinder

All night my radial nerve burns 
               keen offering to you, lady, 
               one more road blocking 
               under threat of ruin

 

Ruth Saxey-Reese spent many idyllic childhood summers in the islands of Hawai’i tagging along after her tour guide father. She currently teaches poetry writing and mythology at Boise State University. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Boise Weekly, Rattle, Chiron Review, Nerve Cowboy, and The Healing Art of Writing, Volumes 1 and 2.

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