Protected on Mama’s lap
I crossed the highway at Green’s Fork
I witnessed fiery clannish rites
Mob mentality, rituals of terror.
I listened to Mama’s voice
Heard her inspired intention
Reading me stories, fairy tales, verses
Comfortable on her favorite
Periwinkle blue upholstered chair.
Observing clear echoes of long-ago cultures
Mama educated her child
Explained fables, legends, myths—
Ali Baba, Aladdin, Scheherazade
Along with flawed leaders
Cleopatra, Hatshepsut, Solomon,
As well as goddesses and gods
Isis, Shiva, Shango
And lessons of great teachers
Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, and more.
Mama taught protocols.
Enter in the eastern door, exit in the west
Honor the guest, respect others
Absorb wisdom, promote agency
Sitting on Mama’s lap, I learned to stay strong
Seek vibrancy, and healing change
Engage in learning, fly toward puzzling stars.
So much to remember and value!
Her instruction in my early youth
Mostly unrecognized, now cherished.
-Kathrym Takara (Footprints Wings Phantasms)
I’m falling, spiraling
From spirit-sky orbs
Toward the aesthetic ocean.
The stinging hot coastline
Reflects the crimson phoenix in my heart
Evoking pentatonic symphonies
And a desire for magical connections.
Bewitched by moon music
All night I dance in sapphire circles
Beside shadowy lakes and rivers
Twinkling hypnotic on cooling shores
Until the gradually coming aurora
Ever reflecting timeless orbs
Borrows light from father sun
Extinguishes mother moon.
The heavenly orbs astound:
Never the same rising
Never abandoning life.
-Kathryn Takara (Footprints Wings Phantasms)
Mirror Flower, Water Moon
A bright copper coin in an indigo sky
The harvest moon reflects in my eyes.
In the cloudy mirror of me
I glimpse a shadow
Obliterated by the black face of night.
Ninety-six laws of confusion
Choke, blur, and blind transformation.
The muted moon is a beautiful woman, Astarte.
Her bare shoulders glimmer.
In the watery mirror of light
Her nipples pose erect
Under her bolero blouse.
She illuminates the garden within
In the soft swinging skirt of palm trees.
Lunar light turns, dims, eats organic life
Attracts the attention of the dark ones.
The water moon feeds on the lunatic fringe
So says the esoteric legend of the werewolf.
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DESERT OF QUESTIONS
Who is the desert swimmer?
From windows stuck closed
By sand and old paint
Emanates a cacophony
Barely decipherable tones.
Who is playing a piano behind a dirty window?
Who is playing a guitar’s seventh chord?
An interval inevitably appears
Silencing noisy confusion.
The mysterious enneagram offers answers
Symbol of evolution
Geometry of time and body types.
Surrounding the Earth Mother
Math and physics whisper
Future sonatas and requiems:
Life and fertility
Death and resurrection
Rites of passage
Dormant date seeds on the edge of an oasis
Are surrounded by drought
Where all is naught
When timelessness is everything
In the golden desert of questions.
A butterfly on the east wind wafts naturally
Attends a stunning sunrise
Invites celestial inspiration.
I sit and visualize
Gifts and harmonies of the morning
Contemplate the unexpected
Flight of a peacock to the rooftop
Countless mejiro in the avocado trees
And two `iwa birds circling over the Pali cliffs.
I chant affirmations of gratitude.
Love dances, dips, and lifts
Around the periphery of heartbeats
Rises above the soul-feast:
Paradise of meum teum nostrum.
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Falling from the sky
Diving into the Sahara
Where earth cradles desert
With four directions, four winds
Even four seasons . . . sometimes.
Crashing from the fiery west
Falling into watery identity
I fill with metallic fears
Another wounded swimmer
With cold skin, burning breath
Balancing yin and yang.
Called to silvery green islands
Challenging courage, I rise, I fly.
Trouble in Paradise by Kathryn Waddell Takara
Trouble in Paradise
Hawai`i the Big Island
Trouble in paradise
Halema`uma`u Crater, Pele, the fire goddess’s legendary abode
at 56,000 feet above depressed ocean floor.
Pele’s awakening, fiery red and passionate
Surprising the volcanologists, geologists, scientists, tourists
The ecosystems shaken, Nature, communities
Pele births alerts, eruptions, explosions
24 steaming fissures appearing , daily changing. cracking the earth
exhaling sizzling sulfur
destroying paradisiacal dreams of peaceful living
and calm seductive waters
Pele is the powerful Fire Goddess familiar in Puna and beyond
She is the nemisis of her sister
sweet, beautiful Hi`iaka, ikapoliopele
kind, compassionate, loyal, and loving
to all who know or meet her.
Madame Pele reigns immortal
coughs up to her magic
devours forests of trees
communities of individualists
organic life, the lives of Hawaiians
and occasional anarchists, mistrustful or hiding from the US government
(which nonetheless tries to understand and remedy the growing loss).
Paradoxically Pele exhales destruction
The growing eruptions, the new earth, the fountaining magnitude of lava!
Pele inhales deep magma.
The magical alchemy of re-creation.
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