Muddy red trail loops uphill, leads through
majestic, mahogany forest.
Sunlight cannot penetrate jungle canopy.
Huge snails in whirling pink shells
slide over damp leaves,
through shallow puddles.
Wild roosters and feral hens roam
among fish ponds, coconut palms
at the foot of Mount Namahama where
Kaliwai River merges with Kalihola Stream.
A twisting waterfall spills across old stone dam,
sings to ginger, hibiscus, a smiling statue of Buddha.
I stand at rustic overlook,
feed my soul,
admire perfect composition
of tree, water, rock,
secret, mystical grotto.
By Jennifer Lagier
Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/JenniferLagier. Photo by the author.