You may have noticed I’ve been away for a while. My husband and I had the good fortune to spend a week in Maui, celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. With the six hour time difference, coming home and trying to get back to what passes for normal hasn’t been easy. The November PAD (aka Poem-a-day) Challenge starting at the same time hasn’t helped any either. So, I’m a day behind. With luck I’ll catch up and make it to the finish line—30 poems in 30 days. But for now we’ll just take it one day at a time.

So here’s the first poem of the month and a few of the more than 2000 photos I took while I was away.  I hope you enjoy them.

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Aloha, Maui

I want to stay here forever,

where the sun rises over the volcano

and sets in a dazzlingly blue ocean,

where rainbows are an everyday occurrence

and plumeria, jasmine, and lavender scent the air.

I want to stay where the spirit of aloha overflows

like the waterfalls cascading down the mountain.

Alas, I must go back to the reality of everyday life,

but I will bring Maui home with me

where she can warm the long, cold nights of winter.

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~Elise Skidmore ©2016

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