Haiku Poem – ワード地区の変貌

sun dried pavement
beauty rises from the dust
new tourist mecca

(Jim version)
ほうちされ ついに いっしん そせいです

(Michiko first version)
あれた ちしょ へんぼう とげて まちびらき

When I moved to Oahu over 31 years ago there was an area that was mainly old abandoned buildings on the edge of a small shopping mall. When I would occasionally go there it seemed to be such a far away place because nobody ever went there since it was full of abandoned run down buildings and old parking lots. Just in the last 2 to 3 years there has been a building boom there and it has changed dramatically! Now there are new buildings and very nice restaurants and stores that have been built in a very modern, eye pleasing style. Everything is very roomy and there are even apartment buildings built on old abandoned parking lots. Many tourists now visit this area but also many local residents. It is such a nice sight for me to see as I was used to seeing such a large area in a very bad state of disrepair. I am happy that the area was built with a lot of thought involved instead of just putting up stores without any thought of how it would look.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Jim

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