Postcard Poem about Hawaii – Hawaiian

by Charlotte Higgins

A young Hawaiian mountain of a man
Taught me to read his whole life on his skin;
With how he loved his wife marked on his breast,
His family tree branched out from hip to shin –
As if the native blood that floods his veins
Had flared in navy ink from toe to chin –
“But never on the back,” he said, and smiled,
“I need to look at you to tell you where I’ve been.”

 

Postcard showing Hawaiian islands

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