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
I am from a place of no written word.
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.