“Island Paradise”

An orange sky
its faint shadow
of blue
the still gray sea
which yields no
shells today.

The natives walk
over coral sands
for nonexistent
to be used
as decoration
for cheap
plastic pots
Chinese flip flops
of shells
seeds and
wood chips
to be sold
as examples
of local native
when actually
are the only
the poverty-stricken
can afford
to make.

The orange sky
to black
and absorbs
the becalmed sea.
The scavengers
for wind
and rain
to release
the grasp
of Poseidon.

Another day
the same
as the day
and the day
to come.

Island life is not
the idyllic
of tourists
who prostrate
hoping to
their skin tone
into harmony
with that
of the natives
never knowing
that life
by the sea
is not
the barefoot
they dream
of being rich
to embrace

(Written for dVersePoets, Open Link Night 124. November 26, 2013.)

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13 Responses to “Island Paradise”

  1. brian miller says:

    no it is not the gloss that is given for the visitors…its a life still…often dependent on the weather and what the ocean will give up to them today…their daily bread….

  2. Alex Dissing says:

    I recently moved to a new town & my house is less than a mile away from the beach. Your poem is too true; living by the ocean isn’t all it’s cracked out to be. It definitely loses its luster when you see it every day. I still can’t complain though 🙂

  3. Nara Malone says:

    I spent a month in living in a rural section of Hawaii. I got to see firsthand how hard that life can be, livings earned stringing bracelets from seeds and shells. Your poem does a good job of bringing that point home.

  4. I love all the imagery & the stories they tell. 🙂

  5. Mama Zen says:

    Wow. Marvelous work.

  6. Eric Alagan says:

    Most settings are great – as long as we can afford to walk away, I reckon

  7. ayala says:

    Yes, it’s not what the tourist see, it’s not carefree. Good capture.

  8. Tony Maude says:

    Most places have “what the tourists see” and reality – and they’re rarely closely connected. But when we’re on holiday, ew rarely take time to look beyond the surface to see what the idyll is built on.

  9. Ah, this one struck home. On a deep and resonating chord, even though I’m not from a tribe located near the ocean, it can still be said that many Native’s feel the suffering of having to pick through what’s been left over. The romance bubble that surrounds most Naive lifestyles does not fair well in reality. Thought provoking piece, one that I appreciate having read.

  10. The contrasts of the real life and the one the tourist sees (or want to see) is really well expressed… love the form of short lines.

  11. You’ve captured the reality of island life for those who live there. I like the contrast between the idyllic scene in the opening stanza and the harshness of poverty.

  12. poetrypea says:

    Feels like it came from the heart

  13. Gabriella says:

    I am with you. Often what the tourists see is quite different from what the inhabitants really experience on an everyday basis.

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