Magazine article The Antioch Review

She Was Sure Now as She Lifted the Tangle of Branches

Magazine article The Antioch Review

She Was Sure Now as She Lifted the Tangle of Branches

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She was sure now as she lifted the tangle of branches guava and then o'hi'a and kopiko remembering Kawaluna looking at her steadily each time and then shaking her head and saying - You know that nobody has found him - and yet Pi'ilani had come each time to see what she knew the litter of moss and brittle twigs undisturbed the russet fur along the fern fronds untouched the sunlight floating on patches beyond reach she saw it all in her mind as she came up between the rocks and there was no path there were no footprints or broken shoots and then the hollow in the crag and the corner into it and she saw the place before her almost as she had seen it in her mind only a little changed in itself a little estranged giving off no sign that it knew she was standing there the shadows whispering among themselves the cliffs with their backs to her the new growth on all sides not knowing her it was what she had known and been sure of she stood watching the ragged light scattered across the leaves tears were running down her face and under her breath from the center of her body she chanted to the place Kalua i Ko'olau nobody knows where you are nobody has found you nobody has found you

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