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Passing Duke Kahanamoku

 

I saw tourists today
On Kalakaua Avenue
Passing Duke Kahanamoku statue
Three of them
Two skateboarding
The third running behind

Making sounds
Happy sounds

The sky was cloudy
The streets were empty
And the air

The air
Was full
Of rain

As a child
Walked
Shoeless
And neglected
In Ala Moana Park
Crying

As a woman
Slept on the beach in Waianae
Bruised
Battered
Cold

As an elderly gent
Bottle in hand
Strolled
The dark
Narrow
Alleyways
Of Chinatown

As flames shined
Windows cracked
Memories oozed
From a family
Whose home
Burned
Another hole
In their finances

Their finances

I saw tourists today
On Kalakaua Avenue
Passing…

 

© Paul Baidoa _ August 6, 2010

 

The “Passing Duke Kahanamoku” poem is dedicated to local non-profits who work tirelessly to build community. Travelers, please look beyond the fantasy of your favorite vacation destinations and contribute to local communities.

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