This week’s challenging words: Clutch Escalate Propinquity (n)) nearness in place; proximity. Nearness of relation; kinship. The affinity of nature; similarity. Nearness in time.) Swagger Bikini Hawaii Waves Sempiternal (everlasting, eternal) Surf Nene (a barred, gray-brown wild goose, state bird of Hawaii) Driftwood Orange
On holiday in Hawaii with the surf rolling in and bikini-clad girls swaggering along promenades you couldn’t help but wonder at the beauty around you, the trees along the walkway, the rising hills in the background and the ever-present volcano smoking away in the distance. Always letting us know that at any moment the smoke could well escalate into something fearful and deadly.
It was the propinquity of the volcano that surprised me. Along the base of the mountain was a clutch of brightly painted houses as if painted that way so they could be seen from a distance should the lava flow come down the mountain and engulf them. If so it would be time to move well away.
The lava flows did come this week in a wave of steaming molten rock drowning everything in its path. It gave us reason to understand the sempiternal nature of the volcano, which has been there long before us and will be there long after we are gone.
Not far from the lava’s path was a clutch of Nene, looking concerned and ever vigilant as the flow came closer.
I watched the flow in fascination as its orange glow lit up the landscape. Nature at its most destructive and most captivating.
While all this was happening and the locals responded as if it wasn’t anything new, but part of living under an active volcano, tourists oblivious to the destruction it perpetrated in its path, collected driftwood along the shore, one man seeing sculpture in every piece.