On the verandah of the Moana Hotel
Not too many years ago
Under the great banyan beside the
beach at Waikiki
They would bring a fragrant sandalwood fan
to all the guests that ordered tea.
They set it before you in its own fancy stand
the most alluring fragrance wafted on demand,
when you opened it’s carved blades
and gently fanned.
Given to holders on an honor system
Understood to return on leaving…
Sadly, too many proved untrustworthy.
after a time- these fans became un-available
A friend who had shared many tea- times there, with me
one day -sent me a small gift from China
A slim package which when opened re-kindled memory
A glass topped case holding a sandalwood fan
just for me
Copyright © Suzanne Delaney