01 Nov REFLECTION | SUMMER PROGRAM
An Ode to This Summer
By Jocelyn Grandinetti, HYCC Summer Program participant
I saw the skies reflected in their eyes
and the grasses bending in the breeze
all grace and ease
rippling under sunshine and dancing trees.
Little did I know,
in that recent time now long ago,
that the ʻāina I would come to love
would not compare to those whose hearts I’d
come to know.
It came on slow, between silly talks and idealistic prose
as we worked beneath the beating sun
catching crayfish together when we were
We worked as one,
sweat forming little streams down our backs
like those that roar down time-etched valleys
leaving fluvial formations in their tracks.
The soundtrack of our summer carried on
as we sung our hearts out to our favorite
those beloved karaoke sessions in the car
struck the heartstrings like a slack-key
We came far,
yet time, that infuriating power,
too soon took us to that final hour
falling like beach-sand through our fingers
and blowing away with the wind.
Yet the feeling lingers
as I watch the ocean undulate beneath the
I know it’s done.
But the memories remain like fading
that cascade like a waterfall behind closed
accumulating in our minds and in our hearts
in an amazing kaleidoscopic work of art