Into the raw dark
I cast my thoughts
Happiness was just there
Skittering briefly through neural pathways
Like mercury without the poison
I would grasp it and work it into the defiant fur
Of my favorite cat
Then in the back of my mind
I bank the glowing embers of a warm contentment
Knowing that even in the land of endless summer
Storms will come
And she will blink, my familiar
Silver balls lit with moonlight drop once again into my hands
We will leave this home office and dance to the tunes only we hear
Spinning out the fear
Into the raw dark
This poem was chosen for publication in An Evening with Emily Dickenson by Wingless Dreamer in June of 2021. Here is an excerpt from the poem by Emily Dickinson that inspired it: "Long years apart - can make no
Breach a second cannot fill -..."
You can read my recently published short story about Pele's sister Kapo and her amazing abilities in the form of a letter from Emmalani's governess at the Reedsy website (click on the first link below), or here on my website, in the Short Stories section, (click on the second link below). There, below the story, I've posted pages from a textbook on Hawaiian Mythology for context. Here is an excerpt:
"These Hawaiians are great athletes, though their sports would terrify our polo players. Years ago, a great slide or Lua was built down the slopes of Mauna Loa (the Long Mountain) all the way to sea. Daring boys and girls lay down upon heavy boards and rode many kilometers, picking up speed and once in the ocean, they take to riding the waves. Honestly, Annie, mermaids are a pale and fragile myth compared to these ocean loving natives....At the Talk Story, I learned that their goddess Pele had sisters, one of whom was called Kapo. This goddess had a most unusual talent. I am struggling to convey what I heard at that meeting in Waipio for it involves a woman’s’ private parts...."
The Legend of Kapo at Reedsy.com https://blog.reedsy.com/short-story/mbxjd0/
Catherine G. Tripp writes for grownups, for the curious, for those who appreciate wry humor. Her work has been published in Pilcrow and Dagger, Wingless Dreamer, Reedsy, and she has read her work for several Zoom shows in 2020, including the Mask Monologues, Coffee and Grief and Creative Caffeine. Her recent writings and blog posts have been insightful, fast-paced, evocative essays about current events, and thought-provoking memoirs about the tangled branches of her family tree.