Music of Hawaii

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1505. Haku Mele, the music of Hawaii
“Hawaiian folk music includes several varieties of chanting (mele) and music meant for highly ritualized dance (hula). Traditional Hawaiian music and dance was functional, used to express praise, communicate genealogy and mythology, and accompany games, festivals and other secular events. The Hawaiian language has no word that translates precisely as music, but a diverse vocabulary exists to describe rhythms, instruments, styles and elements of voice production. Hawaiian folk music is simple in melody and rhythm, but is “complex and rich” in the “poetry, accompanying mimetic dance (hula), and subtleties of vocal styles… even in the attenuated forms in which they survive today”.

waves
while volcanoes erupt
mele pule

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

musical waves
people sway in time, gentle
ocean at sundown

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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