You’re invited to a place where elephants run loose in tall, waving grass; where a kid can easily speak mongoose; where friends see you without any flaws; and where the teacher thinks you’re the best student yet.
Mynah birds sing and coqui frogs scream. A boar learns how to add two plus two, and a girl catches her very first wave.
So, lie on your back, drink in the sky, and let your imagination roam through the poetry of a child’s life in Hawai‘i.
We can float on the ocean
and gaze at the sky
(that’s surf you hear,
not cars going by),
or imagine we’re hang-gliding
off a cliff.
It’s a perfect place to ask
Sue Cowing has been playing with poetry since second grade. Her poems and stories have appeared in local and mainland journals and in Cricket and Spider magazines. The Hawai‘i Publishers Association gave her book Fire in the Sea: An Anthology of Poetry and Art two Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards.
Jon J. Murakami was born and raised in Honolulu. He began drawing at the age of three with the encouragement of his parents and older sisters. Currently a freelance cartoonist, Murakami is best known for his local greeting cards and BeachHouse’s board books featuring his rascally geckos.