A Scribe’s War

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by Philip Scott Wikel

 

handwritten manuscripts

wartorn pages

thoughts scratched down

added to the ages?

 

blood-bathed and heartfelt

recorded with wired veins

swords and guns and knives

moan of trials and pain

 

trenches dug

hopes of gaining

inches of ground

at least sustaining

 

wartorn manuscripts

handwritten pages

land mines laid

in literary cages

 

machine gun fire and mustard gas

truces never made

all is quiet on the western front

some dues can never be paid

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Fade: A Surfing Poem

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Dewey Weber, 1964

Fade by Philip Scott Wikel

A Surfing Poem

 

knowing the wave

so well as

to turn left

and fade

on a right breaking face

 

knowing

 

drop knee turn

in the trough

and pulling the rail high

and toward trim,

a clean line

and a rocket sleigh ride through the section

 

knowing

 

the elasticity of a rubber band and

the distance it can stretch

before it breaks

 

knowing

 

the elasticity of life

and pushing

‘til you know

enough

and when

to pull the rail toward perfect trim

At Play On The Reef

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At Play On The Reef
by Philip Scott Wikel (Waikoloa)

A south swell strums softly
across the reef
it’s summer in winter
if only in brief

the coral is tickled
and surfing kids rise
anticipating the rush and
the thrill of a ride

They stand on the tide
the white curling mist
with whistling spindrift
a swirl and a hiss

They giggle and wriggle
and manage the glide
become one with the ocean
and feed their insides

For a child it’s pure
no hinderance of vision
they feel everything at once
and know only their mission

to ride salty waves
to smile and cheer
today is the best day
“the swell is here”

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Puka Hunting

Puka Hunting

by Philip Scott August

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We comb the beach for pukas

we are fishers of shells

bound by love’s umbilical

as we sift, scratch, and dig for treasure

I go to one end

and she the other

meeting in the middle

we find ourselves children again

and blend as friends and lovers

we make a competition of it

and I declare the lead

yet very quickly the duel is lost

to awe, and the exaltation of discovery

she, me, we, sand, sun and surf

the light of the eternal tryst

a fusion in time unbridled

Soul Redemption a.k.a. Moroni or “Bradda Mo”

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Soul Redemption (aka Moroni, or Bradda Mo), has been compared to reggae singers; Luciano, and Lucky Dube; but it is his uniquely Hawaiian musical roots, reggae foundation, and charismatic lyrical delivery that Rootstime production wanted to highlight and bring to the world on the iDrop Riddim (aka Rootstime Riddim): Various Reggae Artists compilation album with Soul Redemptiontrack: Love Is.

Hear him sing “Hawaii 78” in the Maui AMPFest below.

The Inaugural (AMPFest) Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Video Fest

The Inaugural Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Video Fest (AMPFest) is less than two weeks away. We’re working with Aidan James and Ekolu Kalama and it should be a fantastic lineup. In addition to our local greats, we’ll have musicians from Germany, China, Portugal, France, India, The Phillipines and the mainland. It’s all about spreading the Aloha Spirit around the world. The event is May 15th. Here’s the intro video: