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,
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.