Ten Thousand Feet

Ten Thousand Feet

so far above the sea,
hurricane iniki stripped 
leaves from trees

left them dead
yet standing still,


now they are
only skeletal
reminders of
what they
used to be.

ten thousand feet
above the waves,

where people
seek respite
from the kind
of lives no one 
should live.


playing in surf,
basking on beaches,

they try to leave 
it all behind
for two weeks or so

living another life
in a different world.


so far above the sea,
hurricane iniki stripped 
leaves from trees

left them dead
yet standing still,


now they are
only skeletal
reminders of
what they
used to be.





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