Wide Garcia is a co-founder of the Maui Live Poets Society and is the fearless leader of our group who meets in the Makawao Library on the third Wednesday of every month. He had this to say about this poem he wanted to share:
“I watched a woman in Lahaina raking leaves, and the wind kept blowing the leaves back. It made me think how automatic she was being and perhaps attached to busyness. After this thought became my first line, I later saw a man mowing just half of the lawn at Lahaina Library Park. I discovered that the lawn was half owned and operated by Maui County and the half owned and operated by the State of Hawaii. It reminded me that humans complicate things and cause waste. All the divisions in society that hide hunger and starvation while we destroy fruit.
“Hence; the poem ‘Leaves in the Wind.’ ”
LEAVES IN THE WIND
She rakes leaves in the wind
He mows half the lawn
The other half is owned
By someone else
Whose pre-ripened fruits
Have been wasted
By safety pruning.
Divide the lawn
Bordered by concrete
Walkways and walls
So that the starving children
Cannot be seen
Or can see
The wasted fruit
And the woman
Who rakes leaves in the wind
By Wide Garcia © 2016
picture credit: via Facebook (with owner’s permission)
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