Windward & Leeward
Windward & Leeward
You stand speckled with acres of trees. Shades of green cover your face.
The Sun beats on your shoulders.
The ruthless leeward sun. Your skin starts to dry and becomes hot as the sun reaches its zenith. You are a mountain.
I sit in the sea along the windward coast. The same sun that beats your shoulders lifts me from this mass of salt water.
I rise through the air in a whirlwind of nearly invisible droplets of water.
I collect myself and shade the section of the sea that I once occupied. I am a cloud.
I long to wrap my arms around your shoulders. I turn to my comrade the wind for help.
Without hesitation my old friend scoops me up and we travel along the coast.
As we go I see grass on the land swaying and dancing.
The ocean below sparkles like a slab of lapis and diamonds.
An Iwa, the thief of the ocean, that magnificent bird soars below me, ascending.
Then he dives down towards the ocean then he cuts back to steal some prize from an unsuspecting seabird.
All these things are beautiful,but I, the vast cloud am only fixed on you the Kohala mountain.
The wind and I suddenly shift onto land. He travels ahead of me. He races through the trees and whispers that I am about to arrive.
You well in exhilaration as you open your pores to soak me in. Excitement saturates the air. The wind pushes me, faster and faster as my eagerness builds.
With speed and elation I collide into you. My soft white wispy arms wrap around you and cool your dry skin.
My love has been accumulated and captured in the beads of rain I carry. Upon our reunion I release my love uninhibited and full of delight.
The drops of rain race from my seemingly transparent nothingness and burst as they hit the hot, dry dirt. With that first drop of rain you shiver and resonate with uncontainable happiness.
It is lovers joy.
The trees bend and sway, reaching upward for the rain.
Millions upon billions of drops of rain penetrate your terrain and gather into streams and rivers that run down your back and down to the sea.
You are rejuvenated and stand once again as a flourishing green mountain
I’ve given you all my love and slowly slip away into the air, into the sea.
We sadly part but anticipate our next reunion and repeat it over and over again for thousands of years.