ISLANDS

The falcon women of my life

Were all born on islands:

My wife Oahu, in the hospital

Known for Pearl Harbor,

My mother the Long Island of Hurricanes,

One grandmother, the policeman’s daughter,

Staten Island,

The other Sicily,

Where Aetna rocked her childhood,

Two great grandmothers in Ireland,

Where one’s house was burned down.

 

And I, who have spent so much time

On continents, would be lost for following

The sea, but islands give me bearings.

 

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About jalesy55

Charles Lupia is a playwright, freelance writer and lawyer. His blogs cover a range of topics, from politics to entertainment.
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