Tag Archives: Hawaii

Biodiversity challenge – O-o

Not enough ado about o-o

Double o
Distress call:
Harassed in Hawaii,
Cornered in Kauai.
Black rat invaders
With licence to kill;
Thirsty mosquitoes
Drinking their fill;
Unwelcome spectres,
Vectors of disease,
Disappearing trees,
Death by degrees.

Cover blown.
Status unknown.
This bird has flown.
Last spied alive
Late ’85.
O-o
Down to zero;
Missing,
Presumed dead.
Are you reading me?
Over.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.

Biodiversity challenge – Nene

Nene no-no

The nene would be history
Were it not for Peter Scott.
Its goose looked cooked
Until he plucked a handful
From Hawaii to a safer spot.
But here’s the biggest mystery:
Why, why
Introduce
The mongoose
To Hawaii?
“Welcome to Hawaii,
Asian mongoose.
Have you met
Hawaiian goose?
Say aloha,
Wave goodbyeee.”

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.

Biodiversity challenge – I’iwi

Iiwi go, iiwi go, iiwi go

Six scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers,
Sickle-billed sextet of
Nectar collectors,
All vermilion airs
And graces,
Hover, hoover,
Fill their boots of salmon-pink
Amid the corridors of flower.

Fiery feeders
Flushed with success,
Suffused with sugar,
One by one
The sated scarlet starlets
Slowly fade away,
Going, going, gone,
Leaving us to face
A future coloured
Several shades of grey.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.