Mahalo, Mahalo [Beauty of the World]

“I thought you were a dolphin, man.”  Garrett’s eyeballs scraped as he opened his heavy lids.

“I’ll take that as a compliment.”  Eric took his pulse again.

Garrett clutched at the wet sand, choking and spewing more seawater.

“Lay still a few more minutes.”  Eric slowly pushed him back.  “The ocean and heroin aren’t a good mix.”

Garrett’s head jerked up.

“It’s not rocket science.”  Eric pointed at the fresh track marks.

“Guess not.”

“Your body has struggled for life.”

“Mahalo, mahalo.”  Garrett knew he came close to dying out there, and would have if the dolphin hadn’t saved him.

“Give your spirit a chance to catch up.”



Beauty of the World:  In this series I use an “untranslatable word” in a story.  These wonderful words capture the beauty of languages around the world.


Untranslatable Word:
Mahalo (Hawaiian, n., v.):  thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, respect.


For more wonderfully untranslatable words, see:




16 thoughts on “Mahalo, Mahalo [Beauty of the World]

    1. I’m happy you’re enjoying them, Bruce! The words are fun for me to discover and I enjoy the short stories that unfold around them.

      Wow, your writing is wonderful! I’m so glad you opened another blog to feature your stories. I’m looking forward to a lot more!

      Please visit Bruce’s new blog LONELY KEYBOARDS for wonderfully written stories, including fiction and memoir (so far).

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  1. Rad 1st line!
    When I’m working on fiction, Th First Line usually strikes me hallway thro, or towards th end of working on th draft, or not at all!
    I remain – as always – in awe of A Beautiful Life
    Many thanks, Danica

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