Here & There

bright thick petals

of frangipani,

breadfruit trees laden

sea spray finding its way

up the hill

many coloured hibiscus

sweeter than they taste

with each breeze

the pink oleander demands Attention

 

breadfruit gone

No sea spray to moisten

skin now dry from western air

Here, far north are hibiscus and

pink oleander blooming

still heady

from childhood memories

growing among unfamiliar shrubs

many miles from home that

calls me stranger.

© 2020 Kathleen McDonald

West Indies | California SF Bay Area