World of the spirits
You cannot see me, because I’m hidden behind a vale of green. I live inside the womb of Mother Earth, I drink her waters and my pores fill with loam. You cannot see what you do not believe to be real, none of us can.
And yet, in my visions and in dreams, I glimpse these beings. Here on Hawaii island, they live in lava rock – not the verdigris microcosm of wild mountain lichens nor the velvet chartreuse draped over spring hills. Wrapped in the twisted burnt umber bark of kiawe, well concealed from those who might disrespect, here they embed themselves into memory.
I recently shared conversation with an elderly Filipino lady raised on Maui, one who is likewise privy to the so-called invisible realms. She too has communed with the huaka’i po, the spirits. We have both encountered ali’i, kings of old decked in saffron capes made from the feathers of the mamo, birds driven extinct through desire and fashion. Brilliant crimson helmets, kahili trimmed in ‘apapane and ‘i‘iwi feathers. No accounting for species back then. To what purpose arrive these apparitions? What might they convey, embedded in rocks, coiled in the trunks of trees? Hair-raising presences mutely standing guard, biding time.
Invisible heralds of the sky convey messages. Those of the earth seem desirous only to root themselves, as if to remind us we stand on hallowed, sacred ground. Or do they speak an ancient language we are not attuned to hear? I once dreamed three fairies Brian Froud has yet to capture in brushstroke. Beyond aged, they sang me a song in a tongue so foreign yet familiar I awoke wet with tears of longing. More powerful love exits than in our wildest imagining.
The consequences of our actions close in with rapid inevitability. Witnesses to our fate, helpers or simply fragments of earthly existence brought forth from time immemorial? Those of us born without blinders are, like Cassandra of Greek myth, bound to speak the truth confronting us, though few might bother to heed.