THE SHINE JOURNAL

Flash Literature, Poetry, Art and Photography!

 

Origins 

 

by

 

Moana Rawlins   

 

 

I am from lava’s bed at oceans

Edge: from black sand beaches

Awash with salt water.

 

I am from breadfruit grown high

From Poi and Kukui nut, from

Rows upon rows of shiny wet taro.

I am from fabric born of wauke bark,

Beaten into form with knowing hands.

 

I am from islands remote and

Untouched…from history sung,

From genealogies passed down through

Generations….

 

I am from a place of no written word.

 

"and in faith"

by

Artist In Residence

Maureen Radoncic

MOANA RAWLINS shares...

MOANA RAWLINS has written with VFI and VFI/Out.  She is on the Steering Committee of VFI and is looking forward to being trained as a VFI creative writing facilitator in the very near future. MOANA is part Native Hawaiian and has written several pieces honoring her heritage. 

"Origins" was written at a VFI community workshop from a prompt that begins "Where I'm From..." and is based on a poem by George Ella Lyons.


{ParagraphsSidebar}