African Tulip Tree

African Tulip Tree

once they borrowed
   this invasive tree,
   brought from afar
      to hawai'i.

     it was imported
from a world away,
once transplanted
   it just got away.

spread like disease, 
      among a flock,
   we heard it so.

   so many things
we do will fail us.

   time will bring
   surprises that
      we cannot
understand.

our great works 
   impress us so.

      new evils
      seem to
surprise us;

but we may 
      still endure.





Dried Thistle

Dried Thistle

sharp and prickly
to protect herself,

her tender heart,
   broken so many 
      times before.

and so proctected,
   we might also be,

except that there 
      is such a price
to pay for nearly
perfect protection.

      today it snows.
we hunker down,

protected from cold
by extra insulation,
 
   so we can nap on
a winter afternoon.

   a thistle flower is
a beautiful thing,
clearly something
   to be protected..



Five Pink Roses

roses: a claim
certainly to a
   kind of love.

      dressed up to 
show someone
   some kind of
sweet emotion

      wedding or
   funeral, this
feeling is alike,

   a dozen roses
means the same
as one, but costs
      a lot more.

   friend or family
resting in a box,
or beautiful lady,
   cute as any fox.

   roses: a claim
   certainly to a
      kind of love.

   dressed up to 
show someone
   some kind of
sweet emotion