For Albert Wendt - (On his Birthday)

you dare to fish

beyond the coral reefs

of our understanding


your net pulls in poems

flicking salty tales


you find nuanua

in the eye of hurricanes

celebrate thunder

we prefer not to hear

and relish 

the quicksilver laughter

of lightning


you shake the tree

of the frangipani

and as the flowers fall from grace

you string them into sentences

ants and all


your narrative is a needle 

that pierces the thickest skin

the ink of your pen

blending with our blood

tattooing stories of altered genealogies

between the lines

of our naked bodies

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