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Writing from the heart, I’m inspired by everyday experiences. My poems, haiku and non-fiction come from a slice of my life. ❤️POMpoet❤️


Papaya, Ti Leaves, and Plumeria

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

“If we do not watch the sunrise or sunset, then shall we go to the summit?”

Shall we look down, down, down
into Halema’uma’u?
The gaping crater that is
Pele’s heart and home?

Shall we take an offering?
A crown of ti leaves
to set upon her head?
Papaya to place in…


To Ease My Mind

Photo by Rota Alternativa on Unsplash

I’ve come to this place
to ease my mind

to smile at the chatter of birds
to feel a tender breeze
and listen to the silence
of tall trees

it’s as if this place
is here just for me

to soothe my spirit
ease my mind
and free my thoughts


Was I Wrong?

Photo by Walid Hamadeh on Unsplash

Dear Muse:

Was I wrong?

Was I wrong to call you an asshole and then write a story about how bad you suck? I meant every word of it but I’d still like to know if you think I should have kept those feelings to myself. …


Is the First Day of the Rest of my Life

Photo by meredith hunter on Unsplash

Why am I writing this? Because this is the first day of the rest of my life and I know you care.

Plus, this is the first day of the rest of your life, too.

I woke up at 6:17 this morning. Being a fairly early riser, this is an…


A Reflection

Photo by Ryan Christodoulou on Unsplash

You know when you know someone really well? You share a common history or have shared experiences? Maybe it’s a long-time friend or a relative. In my case, it’s a relative, a cousin. I’ve known her my entire life. …

Artwork by Janaka Stagnaro (used with permission)

A Poetic Challenge

Sydney Duke Richey

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