ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui (in response to Kathy Kigner’s “Tell Them”)
I don’t want you here
your gold-riddled teeth
and foreign betel-stained tongue
bright quilted skirts
sashaying down the sidewalk
across the sand
your sun-darkened children
skin glistening with salt water
look like mine
their musical laughter
echoing across blue Pakipika waters
calling to reef and surf beyond...
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