4am:

“Dawn!”
He screams

before it even comes.

“Gold!”
He demands

all day long.

Hoarse by noon,
but never relents —

my silver-lining sweetheart,
my eternal optimist.

Then,
there he goes,

look at him run!

Please,
don’t give up!

Keep chasing that sun!


Wild chickens are in surplus here on Maui. There must be a dozen roosters trying to claim every neighborhood as their territory.

Here is a rooster who has been circling my house for weeks and I swear his crows are on a 20 second timer… His voice must be so tired!

Writing & Photography by: Katy Claire Funke

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