Navigating Change: Making A Difference–An Evening of Poetry at Habilitat

Kealoha Poetry Slam-133

Our fourth Poetry Event at Habilitat, featuring The Habilitat Resident Poets and Artists, Marcia Zina Mager, Kealoha, the First Poet Laureate of Hawaii and  hosted by (myself) CONNIE  D. is in the can, so to speak. 

To Be Released by MARCH 2013~ my working title is:

Navigating CHANGE: Making A Difference

Before closing our Poetic journey, I related an event that happened to my husband, Capt. Tommy D., one fateful day, while out on the ocean in April 2011. He and his crew of three men, David E. Johnson, Dr. Steven Wonderlich and Mike Ordenstein, had three separate encounters with floating garbage that day. Two times the engine had stopped. The second time, they were forced to jump into the water and cut a 1-1/2″ cargo net from the boat’s prop. It was a grueling ninety minutes, as three of the four men  had to take a turn in the water.


This story entitled NO FISHING TALE, along with my poem was published in the JUNE 2011 issue of THE HAWAII FISHING NEWS.



Fishing photos courtesy of David E. Johnson)

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

should scare the hell out of you.

We don’t even know how big it is

because it keeps growing.

Located somewhere between Hawaii and California

it is one of seven garbage islands

spread across the world’s oceans

funneled and trapped by planetary rotation,

converging ocean currents and wind.

Over 7 billion people inhabit

Planet Earth.

As of 2010

the top four countries are:

  1. China- 1.3 billion
  2. India- 1.2 billion
  3. the United States- 3oo million
  4. Indonesia-200 million

1.4 million Live in Hawaii alone

And 80 percent of this garbage comes from land sources.

Garbage that

impacts our reefs and wildlife

that has the potential to hitchhike.

that has the potential to hitchhike.


barnacles attaching to floating garbage

not normally found in your neck

of the planet

that can infect an

area’s native species.

Ninety percent of these islands contain plastic items

like nylon nets, six-pack rings, balloons,

straws and sandwich wrap.

Water bottles, cups, bottle caps, plastic bags

and billions of plastic pellets called nurdles,

a byproduct of other plastics manufacturing.

Plastic that chokes whales, turtles, seabird, coral and fish.

Brightly colored plastic pellets

that are  mistaken

for fish eggs and krill

that are toxic

can magnify over time

across our food chain

and have an effect similar to DDT.

Plastic that does not break down easily in water

that is cooled and coated with algae

shielded from sunlight

and will last well into our future.

Garbage islands growing faster than we can clean them up

Our task begins here

Get Involved

Volunteer to clean-up local beaches and reefs

Suppress further growth

by recycling and reducing the amount

of trash you throw out.

Plant a tree.

Contact your local government representative

Demand that they take action to protect our reefs, stop sewage pollution of our oceans, and take steps to reduce global warming

Encourage your neighbors and friends to spread the word,  get excited, It Matters, together we CAN make a difference!



L-R Mike Ordenstein, Dr. Steven Wonderlich, David E. Johnson

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