Rain falls gently
on the parched plants:
mint, jade, rosemary, caladium.
Not the usual winter
here on the northern tip of the Big Island
where wind blows through
and rain marches horizontally across the fields
This year only one wild ferocious windstorm
passed by unearthing my deepest
longing as spring approaches.
Out on the ocean whales
jump and breach,
spout and glide into the glistening sunset,
their every desire quenched,
free in our vast ocean,
I turn my longings like a faceted diamond,
look at every side:
how to let my heart touch
the lush green and cobalt blue,
how to change the stretch of scars
into an offering of kindness,
how to let someone near me
without the familiar walls,
how to behold the shadow in me
The magenta orchid is
luminous in silvery rain
its petals ever so gently opening and facing the light
faithfully, in beauty.
Helena Kim is both a poet and fiction writer. Her poetry has been published recently in Noyo River Review and Quills Edge Press Anthology. Her novel, The Long Season of Rain (under Helen Kim) was nominated for National Book Award in Juvenile literature and was translated into seven languages for both adults and young adults. She is a recipient of New Jersey State Council on the Arts grants and residencies at MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook Women Writers’ Retreat and Uross Foundation.