Gwilym Eades

Archipelago Sequence




(hawaii)




           i




(waikiki beach)




lines of diamond head spine


crack the sky


low waves break


though winter pulls


up higher




up here from plane


or tower


the white waves slow, cinematic




the dilating island shores up


out (at the start)


of two shades of blue




after that


it's up to you




           ii




(partial object/sunrise)




roots of day 


cry out




life guards sleep  




a lit cake floats by, massive


it will be eaten 




banyan under moon and palm  


roots tangle down lower branches 


seeking ground  




sand like coffee grounds 




diamond head sleeps in a zoo of lights  




honolulu airport spins out plane after winking plane


angling up over still night sky




           iii




(diamond head)




they thought diamonds in the tuff 


heads cratered in greed 


waves shading 


out over black shoal coral beaches




now the diamond screams 


out echoing up canyon/hotel streets 


mean but flowered with meaning  




steep layered pink and soju green soak up 


careen and stucco 


staccato horned traffic




diamond head 


dry even in rain 




taxis mill in the swill of tourism  


caked edges of crater edge away steeply 




surfers zigzag bug-like 


behind a lighthouse 


auras of round wave spread thick and thin 


pout and spine of canyon tuff through which 


thread lines of bird flight




           iv




(rainforest/layers)




rain & leaves talk


layered against lava mountain sides  




red flowers caulk the chinks 


in a cabinfever dense forest 


shot through with bird song  




but bird song only in 


spaces between rain songs




droning leathery dark spawns 


of orography  




fish down at chinatown 


ply tepid lower reaches on river street  




infrastructures rot 


beneath pipes & valves 


frilled with plump vibrant flowers  


cinammon and sweet basil  




           v




(driven/shore)




drove all day 


out of waikiki




defiant fists after


trapped four days in rooms or elevators 


of insipid interior faux-talk  




out here base layer is wave  


crackle & yowl through the dark




the crickets the ever-present wave  


friendly or mountain scary 


water on lava on reef 


below crater 




the mighty fall again as the moon 


mingles & lights


let's go




vi




guava and eucalyptus 


gape and roll in


octopus tree bole undergrowth 


white trunk scoured in sunshine 


lightning bolt pink flesh of bark 


flashes red down gully 


streaming cool blue of mountain streams 


down lava rock coral under crashing waves 


black under sea under green


under white undulant foaming spray 


and fan of the bird's tail


purls in against


sapphire gone cerulean  




play of long sad pine needles 


matted speghettini thin 


and spiked pliant lizard-scale tendrils 


wend and wind upon acid brown soil  




albino cricket pink and grey 


and yellow faintest puff of cloud 


streaming sediment down across brain-coral 




spider in a hole the crabs play 


as low tide sounds down 


holding in it's fist the splay 


of tonight's moon stand 


hollow echo rooster crow 


and our sleep




           vii




humpback whale albatross monk seal


again and against the sea 


the repeated thunder the warnings


this song


any song repeated to thunder is thunder 


is tribe to the knell of a moon-scree


daylong nightlong hell of water




water crashing on black lava dikes 


on emerald spikes


at angles all deadly 


while whale seal and bird play whirl 


jump and dive  




sand rainbows ply a jungle valley 


roving mists of rain move up and down 


defying gravity slopes 


beach sand thicker than a moon's hand 


underground battling for power 


to burst 


into sponge-orange millipede dust rain 


cliffs of pining and 


sadist poverty of soil ferocious mounds 


of ground up coral the last curve round the road 


to paradise a split-second glimpse 


of naked full breasts above


waves and black


crusts of lava




           viii




(currency/conversion)




loop down from surfer-town 


through pineapple kingdoms 


of wide-valley red-clay


lucent grass and hay


undulant seams  


down into unforeseen


surprising honolulu skipping past 


just escaping the city 




and back through rain-processed 


always-feel-down towns


smoking hazy folding up towns 


beneath cliffs


green and smoking at dusk 


burnt ahi taco dust of slain 


and ancient labouring hands




           ix




(turtle bay)




mountain spines look down banyan vines 


into roots of other places  


cloud/turtles rise into dry updrafts 


scented with warm eucalyptus  


binaries of dry/wet 


break down across high divides 


as fine rain begins/descends  




jungle slits open into red 


flowering with hand-sized dragonfly 


dents of pain in temples  




butterflies plane along 


gliding through strata 


air water and gut 


to land on mint a fine shade of amethyst  




boulder of sun caught in currents 


of shining grey-green whale-dust  




auras of giddy release in whole trees 


whole hillsides suddenly shot through with bird song  




pain legs a rush of panic


fear and envy tomorrow to leave




but glide down sane




           x




(plane ride in)




toronto spools out


from bluffs and water 


stained with sediment  




arrows of fear


swept by height  




bank out


over lake ontario 




a morning shoreline scan 


glints veins of post-rush traffic  




short haul out the quinte way 


after burbs dribble away 




drumlins blister under 


brown and white earth-skin 


trees sprout like hair




islands and peninsulas 


float brain matter flattened 


mapped out and partly frozen




down now


to kingston and


home that does not 




feel like home