Waikiki Beach (February 21, 1953)

This poem takes place after the ambush on January 29, 1953 and after several weeks on the hospital ship. It is 14th in the collection of poems, “Nothing Saved Us.”

 

Waikiki Beach (February 21, 1953)

 

Waves throb
on the beach
as crest after crest

 

of white stripes
push up through
turquoise;

 

I sip a beer,
stare out on
a blank horizon.

 

This is long
before buildings
march up

 

to Diamond Head.
The beach is bare
save some lone

 

coconut palms;
the breeze pushes
their leaves around.

 

With every blink
my view’s
transformed,

 

hues sink,
surface, play
with my perspective.

 

The orderly pushes
my wheelchair back
to The Repose;

 

Next stop:
Oakland
for a leg.