Frail as a wisp, she stands before the crowd of Maui Meadows revelers now gone silent in anticipation of what she has to say. With a regal bearing and a smile that could light the darkest Maui night, she begins to recite her poetry.
Circle of Life
Life is very tricky,
For how are we to guess
That, if we travel
far enough East,
We end up in the
if you keep on traveling,
Learning as you
when you reach
Where you started
That you are a greater You.
recites all of her poems from memory, even her earliest, as easily and lovingly
as she says aloha to strangers or those she calls friends. As she ends each one,
some in her audience call out for their favorites. Others listen intently to
discover their favorites to be. But, all listen with rapt attention to the words
that flow so easily from the poet who stands before them in a bright and proper
dress and hallmark broad-brimmed hat.
When the Current of Life
the Current of Life
over the rim
Elsitaís first poem was written at the age of nine, after returning to New York from a visit to France with her mother. The First World War was just beginning to gather over Europe, and the apprehensive atmosphere was filled with stories and cartoons about the demonic Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. In the midst of the turmoil she wrote:
The Kaiser is a
Iíd like to fry him in a pan.
Iíd like to bury him alive.
Iíd like to stick him in a hive.
And when heís very frightened,
Iíd have his necktie tightened!
poetry was a creative outlet for Elsita throughout much of her life, providing a
way for her to come to terms with all that swirled about her. With nearly a
century of gathering material to draw from, her poems reflect an ever-deepening
understanding and appreciation of the vicissitudes of a long and eventful life.
The fruits of her efforts hold a chronicle of the world events that have shaped
the one in which we now live. She remembers the
two great wars, and several not so great. She recalls the Roaring Twenties and
the Depression years of the thirties. She remembers playing with the Roosevelt
children and their dogs at their summer home, Hyde Park, on the Hudson. (Anna
Roosevelt was one of her classmates at the Chapin School, as was Anne Morrow,
who later married Charles Lindbergh.) And Elsita fondly recalls the years with Duncan, her second
husband and the love of her life. The result of this life lived fully is poetry
of simplicity and wisdom.
The poems are personal. Her subjects are life and love Ė and she gaily admits that it is her life and her love at the center of her poetry.
Our love has overcome
obstacle that lay
we were in each otherís
Maui is obviously supplying Elsita with new experiences and poetic ideas, perhaps for us to enjoy in a second volume of poems yet to be written.
am enjoying my Self,
my Self has much to tell me.
am enjoying my Self,
my Self has much to say of ó
from the Past
dreams of the Future,
the Present, itself
savor each day
this land of great beauty,
warm, friendly people
sparkling blue sea;
of green rolling meadows
calm grazing horses,
peach and gold sunsets
the fragrance of jasmine
the dampness of earth
the freshness of sea;
raindrops seek sunbeams
create a rainbow,
waters meet waters
mourning doves glide
of towering mountains
am enjoying my daughter,
comrade and my sister.
lives flow like two currents
by side in Lifeís great stream.
One of Mauiís most prolific and valued writers, Alan Cohen,
provides a heartfelt embrace for the back cover of Elsitaís book of poetry. It
sums up the feelings of all who know her and appreciate the special lady who
freely and lovingly gives so much of her self and her experience for all who
is one of the great treasures in my life and on this planet. Her heart shines
with love and her mind with the deepest wisdom. I cherish my copy of From
Here to THERE as a precious and rare gift. These words are imbued with
My memoryís small,
I may be vague
Iíve still got my figger!
from the book of poetry From Here to THERE
are copyrighted by Elsita Sterling and published by Sterling Press.
Available at many bookstores, it can also be ordered on the Internet at http://www.ministryoffun.com
or through e-mail inquiry at email@example.com. ISBN