Tigers at Bay

You know, I can remember when everyday was a new one,
But was still really familiar.
I can recall how we would walk out hand in hand, across our island.
We explored Together!

Shit, nothing could stand, in our way.
A tree, no match, adversity from others, pshhhh, nada!
Eh, you remember we wen climb the highest mountain.
We were so high, above the clouds even.

Back then, I would never have believed it
If someone told me that with time
The ever emotional
Elements could erode any mountain.

Sad rainfall,
Angry gusts,
The trembling earth,
Would knock us off the Mountain

I never imagined it
Did you?
Now, here we are in an Ocean
We’re swimming alone
The wading, it breathes shared remnants
Of when we adventured together.

The water,
It’s too much.
I’m so cold. It’s so deep
We are both,
So far, far away.

I can’t even see you
But I know you’re out there.

Do you feel the same,
If you do then
That would be another thing
We could share.

I ask:
Have we really come that far away?
Is the tide really pulling?
I thought the ocean brought calm
Why is it that I feel a panging of unease?

But, I’m not alone.
Neither are you.
We have our, old selves

Still locked within
I felt my anger
Swim from the depths
Of my own ocean
And I could see your frustration
Paddling in along your Horizon

Old selves.
Old friends.
Old demons.

Does a tiger
Ever really change
It’s stripes?

I believe so
But, we weren’t careful,
Because the stripes
Will always linger.
Waiting to prey
On all of us.

If only we’d have known.
I’m still swimming.
Are you?

Fuck that! We did know better.
Our tigers shouldn’t have bit each other.
I’m going to fight this.
But I can’t. Not now.
I can’t tread water whilst keeping both tigers at bay.
Can you? Did we ever? Does it matter?

All I know is
We never spoke of such nonsense
High atop the mountain.
There were challenges,
But we didn’t focus on them.
They only became obstacles when our tigers roared.

For now, I’ll keep swimming.
I’ll find land.
When I do, the next adventure is a safari
To take out the tigers
Tame them at least.

Until then, I pray safe passage
For us, for others,
The waters rough you know,
The rain pelts and the wind rips.
I can see the sun
It has to rise
I know it will

Until then, I pray safe passage
For me,
Always for you
Even if we land on different shores,
I know we’ll climb mountains again
Scoff at obstacles
And toast the light.

I believe that.
I’m sorry I couldn’t hold back the tiger.
I was tired of being bit.
Everything is going to be good.
Someday, maybe, it’s today.

Mahalo Ke Akua.


Real Local Kine Hero: Angry Pedestrian Guy

 Real Local Kine Hero

if only had primo backing…

(ukulele music to the tune of Budweisers Real American Heroes)  Real Local Kine Heroes

Primo salutes you angry pedestrian guy who stood in the middle of the crosswalk by the old tower records and walmart and defiantly stared down in-a-hurry-driver guy, who was in such a rush, he had to run the red light, and then almost hit like five people.  Angry pedestrian just stood there like the champ and raised his arms in a local kine gesture that could only be described as “Wot”, the singlest most deadliest word in all of modern day.  All in-a-hurry driver guy could do was sit there and block traffic, and make ass.

So raise Primo if you can find um or the green bottle of your choice.  Primo Salutes you angry pedestrian guy.

Real Local Kine Heroes!

Dogged Resolution

Duane Chapman, or “Dog the Bounty Hunter”, has found support from Hawaii Legislators in his battle against the Mexican Government.  Chapman apprehended the Max Factor heir, convicted rapist, Andrew Luster, and in the process violated some Mexican laws and now the Mexican Government wants to extradite him, his son Leland, and Tim Chapman (of no relation). 

The Hawaii State House of Representatives introduced HCR 50 ( http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/Bills/HCR50_.htm), into Legislation this session, in a way challenging the sovereign Government of Mexico.  If this were a wrestling match/movie, it’d be Nacho Libre vs. The Rock, with Nacho defending Mexico and the Rock coming to bat for his Hawaii ties.  In reality, it’s more like Nacho is Hawaii and Mexico is the The Rock and if this were 200 years ago, Hawaii’s sovereignty would still be respected…  but that’s another story…

I like the Dog, I mean, he’s too much at times, but he inspired Trey Parker and Matt Stone to make the South Park spoof with Cartman as “Dawg the Hallway Monitor”, and so on.  My only real beef with the show is it doesn’t portray things too accurately in Hawai’i, but what television show ever does?  Oh, yeah, and Beth… she’s not that friendly.  I got a semi-glare/smirk/suckawot when I gave her the shaka (Hawaiian style wave that was mistook for a gang sign when Hawaiian former Miss America Carolynn Sapp did it after being crowned).

I can see why the Legislators are advocating for him.  His show helps to bring revenue to Hawaii’s growing film/television industry. 

Anyhow, I was just so fortunate (at work) to be present at the Capitol for the Hearing for the HCR 50 Committee Hearing with the public.  Unfortunately, I was only afforded the opportunity to read about it in the paper or online. 

Why, do you ask?  Was it that questionable Chinese food I ate?  Or perhaps, it was the fact that I had mixed said Chinese food with some Greek fair, which I was trying for only the second time.   Why would I go there and not participate?  Dun, Dun, Dun!!!  The plot thickens!!!

It was actually quite comical, while at the same time horribly ridiculous because a local news woman, who shall remain nameless, barred entry to the Conference Room where the Hearing was held.  Her reason, the Hearing had begun and A&E was filming. 

Puzzling isn’t it?  How is it that the opportunity for citizens to participate in government is being denied by “shall remain nameless local news woman”?  Did I miss the memo or the change in law that barred access to public meetings/hearings?  I did move recently so that could explain it.  No wait, I work in the area, I would know better. 

Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe SRNLNW, was pining to get her shot at a network with more exposure so she was paying her dues by serving as bouncer.  Or what if she was really a government agent protecting the Dog from the the Mexican Agents who’d secretly infiltrated Hawaii.  Or how about…

The list could go on and on I’m sure with wonderful ideas about what was really going.  All I know is that it is quite simple to me, the government should be for the people, and not the other way around.   

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