As light departed for night and I lay restless abed,
I felt my captaincy roiling . . .
Awakening in a storm-tossed sea.
Stay present –I told myself– you can overcome this.
Wave followed wave . . .
I felt like Odysseus.
If I succumbed to sleep, letting conscious control go,
I’d felt I’d be swept overboard . . .
Instead, I took up my oars and rowed.
Determined to meet each challenge and succeed,
I brought forth stamina, courage, faith and perseverance . . .
Fodder for my feed.
Waves challenging me from all directions . . .
I wondered how long ‘ere I’d be free.
After what seemed like forever, I called for help. . .
Swiftly it came.
The forces abated and calm returned…
My captaincy, I felt, had been fated.
Many thanks to Ariel Laman for sharing her poem with us. Ariel describes herself as follows: “I have always been interested in learning who I am & studying Huna is such a good fit for how I would describe myself & the principles I live by . . . to synthesize a path from several, combining qualities & knowledge to create my own unique path of peace, love, gratitude, courage, perseverance & how I choose to perceive my world. I enjoy helping others do the same. “