Haibun, Poetry by Sarah


La was a lazy sun god. Deciding when it would be light and when it would be dark. Frequently sleeping in and causing trouble for demigod Maui and his mother, Hina, who depended upon the sunshine to fish and work.

Hina, busy toiling a special cloth, needed it to be dried completely in the sun. With such short and unpredictable days, Hina was unable to do this. Frustrated and fed up, she complained to her son.

Maui, being mischievous and clever, came up with a plan. He made a long, strong rope and climbed in darkness into the mountains, to the top of Haleakalā, where he lay in wait for the troublesome sun god.

As La finally appeared, dazzling in his glorious light, Maui lassoed the sun and tied him to a nearby tree. Begging to be released, La promised Maui more light every day in exchange for his freedom. Because of Maui and his cunning plan, the Hawaiian islands now receive consistent sunshine every day.

To this day, Haleakalā is wao akua — a sacred place of the gods.

peaks reaching skyward
sacred house of sun rising

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, January 17th 2018 – Into The Mountains
Polynesian legend information sourced from: https://www.bikemaui.com/legends-of-haleakala-maui/

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