Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Muse

Aloha & Welcome to another Waikiki Sunday!
click on photos to enlarge"The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek."
Robert Louis Stevenson

"Troubles are often the tools God fashions us for better things."
Henry Ward Beecher

Riddle of the Sphynx
"What walks on four legs at dawn, two legs at noon, and three legs at night?"

I am just like you.
Awakening at 3 a.m. for that dread life-review.
How amazing it's all been (so far!)
yet how different and puny are my accomplishments
viewed side-by-side with youthful dreams and expectations.

And this is where the whispering wise one within
draws back the curtain,
the thinning curtain of our illusions,
and smiling shows
immediate evident abundance of blessings:
technicolor skies, and the real-er
unseen coin of affection.

My child's dreams were just that,
provisional aspirations
that pale in the light
of this vivid and only moment.
So this, at last, is true:
I've lived amidst great beauty
and struggle
coming to focus more
on the former,
a farmer of verities
from the stony
soil of our late day.

In returning and rest
I have found a lovely song
to sing, surpassing
the obituary
I might have built.
A L O H A Cloudia