The Surgery

April 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

Metamorphosis | Oahu, Hawaii

At the furthermost reach of the sea
Where Atlantis sinks under the wake of the waves,
I have come to heal my life.

I knit together like a broken arm.
The salt fills in the crevices of bone.
The sea takes all fragments of my lives
& grinds them home.

I wake up in a waterbed with you,
The sea is singing & my skin
sings against your skin.
The waves are all around us & within.
We sleep stuck to each other’s salt.

I am healing in your arms.
I am learning to write without the loss of love.
I am growing deeper lungs here by the sea.
The waves are knives; they glitter & cut clean.

This is the sea’s surgery.
This is the cutting & the healing both.
This is where bright sunlight warms the bone,
& fog erases us, then makes us whole.

~ The Surgery of the Sea by Erica Jong



June 16, 2010 § Leave a comment


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Favourite films

May 19, 2009 § Leave a comment

A reel from one of my favourite films… as yet unmade and only in my head. A favourite nonetheless.

Oahu, Hawaii – When we were young.


circa May ’09

May 19, 2009 § 2 Comments

Occasionally, I clutch weakly at the straws of photography to remind myself that some memories are real, alive, breathing… that I was there once, with the sand between my toes and the laughter bubbling up through the saltiness and the sun.

The fresh fragrance of friendships being forged and old ones blossoming anew.

The magic of the Aina.

It was a blur of singing inappropriately, waimea, union bar, poetry, floating face-up in the ocean at sundown, cuddles on a grassy knoll, shore breaks, turkey sandwiches, taro patches, needles and ink, terribly ridiculous conversations, a late night run to Like Like and an even later call back to the beach before bed… two hours of sleep and a rather sad ride to the airport..















Back from whence we came..

May 1, 2009 § 1 Comment

“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean… And when we go back to the sea… we are going back from whence we came.” – John Kennedy


Oahu, Hawaii – waiting for a set to roll in with Blair M.

Dark spaces

September 3, 2008 § 2 Comments

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA – a room, in a house, in a neighbourhood with dogs across the road.


In our own rooms, revealed. Concealed in dark, outlined by the wash of a streetlamp spilling in from the outside.  Unsharp, unclear, questions hovering in the dark spaces. Sometimes the most beautiful of scenes are the ones that leave some things unsaid.

Uncle Sam’s Club

September 3, 2008 § Leave a comment


Honolulu, Hawaii, USA – shopping at Sam’s Club


This is the way we hunt and gather. Our prey contained in cardboard and styrofoam. Chickens that appear plucked and headless, shiny in their glad wrap outfits. Cereal, danish pastries, soft drinks (or should I say ‘soda’), canned soup… trolleys the size of a small car. Big and very American.




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