at first glance a wall

but a  visage lovelier

for weathered sculpture


beyond the surface

freshness – shadows and depth

beguile and confuse


Pohaku is Hawaiian for “stone” or “rock”,  often used for Hawaiian rock walls. Working on Kauai this week, I was charmed by an apparent pohaku wall in the middle of nowhere. Curiosity prompted me from my Jeep to see that the “wall” is natural; vertically draped polygonally-jointed lava, with a multitude of weathering rinds. For all my years working in Hawaii, I do not recall seeing this kind of wall loveliness before. Indeed:  Age Before Beauty  -in people and in nature.

Wai is Hawaiian  for “water”. It as been a wet week, unusually so for the normal “dry” season in Kauai. Rain splashing into the the hotel pools captured my glances often as I walked by. But by pausing, peering and exploring, I saw much more than I would have by just walking by the pretty raindrop-glistening leaves. Indeed: Nothing is What it Seems to Be – in people and in nature.





About Ed Medley

Ed Medley has been on a random walk for over 50 years. Many scribbles and snapshots at this site are from his vagabond transits; others are from his decades of international experience in geological and geotechnical engineering, academia, and mineral exploration prospecting.
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