GROW O'ahu

Island Style Gardening and Plant-Based Living

Branches of a Tsunami Tree


As these things appear on our shores,

I am reminded how small our world is.

How connected we all are.

How your once grand trees

Now litter my beach.

But is it litter? Or has the Ocean cleansed herself?

Did children once play under these branches?

Perhaps they were used as props in a garden, for too heavy plants

Trees have appeared to give a tent-dweller purpose;

To sort, stack, be busy.

Maybe these trees are just island-souls, reborn

Coming home again

To finally rest and become soil once more

After such a long journey.

And yet there’s room

For one more.

Not a branch or tree,

But our honu friend.

Climbing over rubbish

For a millennia


Napping on the beach forest.


Most of the news sources say that ocean rubbish from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami will not reach our shores until 2013 or so- but local stories and evidence suggest that lighter weight items such as fishing floats and trees are already here.  But then who knows, really, where this stuff comes from.  But there is a remarkable amount of it showing up on beaches, where previously had not been.

Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.

4 thoughts on “Branches of a Tsunami Tree

  1. This is gorgeous.

  2. I love these tree branches. They are great!


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