At Play On The Reef


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”


Exploring the Hidden Culture in Hawaii, Nat. Geo. 02/2015

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A wonderful and painfully true story of perseverance, respect, honor and resilience. The author, John Lancaster, speaks with Uncles of Old, the troubled youth, and about the ongoing shame of homelessness and alienation in the Hawaiian Islands.