The Thought

the thought of seeing you
makes my heartbeat
beat stronger
every time

the light in your eyes
brightens my heart
illuminating my
world

the way you look at me
pierces straight through
into my
soul

the touch of your hand
creates fire that
only you
extinguish

the time we are apart
fills my mind with
longing for
you

Out on the Ballroom Floor

Back in September of last year, I wrote the following poem about ballroom dancing. In the comments for my first year of Kikolani post, I realized there are still a lot of readers that were here when I used to write poetry. So I decided to bring back this piece of writing with a little something extra.

Why don’t you take me
Out on the ballroom floor
And dance with me
Holding my body close
As we whisk, twirl and spin
Give no regards to footing
Or making the proper moves
For on this night, there are
No technicalities or faults
Forget anyone else is around
Romance me out there
Because when we dance
I feel as if we are flying
Soaring gracefully as eagles
Love lifting us up high
When secure in your arms
You are my prince, and I
Your princess, your Cinderella
Let us have a fairytale waltz
Making this moment magical
Where we can embrace
An eternity in the duration
Of a single romantic song
As we glide, hand in hand
And forever, heart to heart

So what is the little extra? I finally had the opportunity to do my first dance performance at a showcase last week. Here is video of my husband and I doing a fun Viennese Waltz. It was a lot of fun, from the super nervous heart racing while I stepped out onto the floor, to the excitement of hearing the crowd while we performed our routine. Hope you enjoy!


View our Viennese Waltz in HD on Youtube.

A Hummingbird Nest – Photos & Haiku

Last week, when I was shooting my macro photos of flowers around my office, I stumbled across something even more interesting. At first, I, along with the majority of my co-workers, thought it was some kind of strange spiderweb. But later, I found out it was something much more exciting and beautiful.

Hummingbird Nest
Springtime brings the most
amazing things to us right
outside our front door
Hummingbird and Her NestHummingbird and Her Nest
Hummingbird and Her Nest
She sits on her nest
waiting patiently for them
to hatch underneath
Hummingbird Egg and Baby in the Nest
The first is early
or perhaps the second late
soon we shall find out
Hummingbird Babies in the NestHummingbird Babies in the Nest
Hummingbird Babies in the Nest
Two days later she,
proud mother, has two little
babies in her care
Hummingbird on a BranchHummingbird on a Branch
Hummingbird Spreads Her Wings
She hovers above
watching carefully as I
observe her children
Hummingbird Babies in the Nest
While she looks for food
awaiting her return are
open, happy mouths
Hummingbird Guarding Her Nest
She returns bringing
them food, nourishment so that
soon they will be strong
Hummingbird Nest
She treasures this time
to love them, knowing one day
they will fly away

UPDATE 5 March: I have yet to capture really great video (so far, everything is fuzzy), but once I do, I will add it my new I captured my first short video of the babies: Inside a Hummingbird Nest with Babies. They were kind of sleepy, so I will keep trying to get more active videos and post them to my account, Leilaniana @ Youtube.

Haiku enhanced photography inspired by Phaiku – Picture Haiku.

Bleeding Words

The words I dare not say
Bleed out of me
Ink from the barrel
Inside a pen onto fibers
Of the blank paper
Beneath my hand
Increasingly chaotic strokes
No handwriting analysis
Could decipher as
The shape of the letters
Change the further down
The page I get
Starting barely legible
Ending wildly distorted
With tear stained streaks
Smearing the ink
Across the surface

Rays of Sunlight

Silent Sunlight Welcome In
Photo by Dave Shewmaker

Imagine this

A sunny day, no clouds in the sky
No chance of rain
You lie on the ground
Back nuzzled into the grass
Looking up at the sky
Basking the warmth of the sun’s rays

Now picture this

The warmth disappears
Yet the sun still remains in the sky
Not a cloud in its way
Nothing between you and it
You see it but you do not feel it
The warmth was just there
But within moments, it was gone

Now think about his

Is it the sun’s fault
That you cannot feel its rays
Did the sun stop shining
Was there a cloud blocking the rays
Was there a breeze blowing over
Surely there was not
Because anyone around you could see
The sun’s rays are still touching you
And they would say how wonderful it is

Now change places

Think of yourself as the sun
And love as its rays
And I am the person on the ground
Did you stop shining on me
Did anything come between us
The answer is no, it is not your fault
There was not any other thing in the path

Now ask yourself this

Does this mean it is my fault
Something inside me has changed
Or did I just lose the ability to feel
What would you say
If I could only feel the sun’s warmth
When the sun is not there
But when the moon is out
Or when the clouds have taken over

Never think that I do not want to feel that warmth

This is a piece I wrote this over ten years ago. Interpretations are welcome.