Old Lahaina Luau, Maui, 2004.

august seventeenth
a birthday celebration!
your day, Beloved

tender as spring’s buds,
stronger than the mountains stand
sure as morning dew

gentle like the snow
of winter, soft like the rain
quietly falling

loving. loyal. friend.
compassionate, open heart
angel in disguise

colors of spring time
pale against your dreams,
alive with wonder

certain as each fall,
Hope and Faith with each turned leaf,
the best is yet to come

thunder may roll through.
but stronger the radiance,
your courage of the sun

time flies together;
like a spring day, though summer
my Beloved: Gift