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Tribute to Charles

Published by HOMELESSINHONOLULU | Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:03 AM


Entry for July


The guitarist plays
with a portrait of Charles
Ka'upu behind him,

one of the great
purveyors of Hawaiian
culture and language,

the frame wrapped
in a flower lei.

The guitarist sends
his elongated strums
towards the heavens.

All those innovative
years, each pick a gift
to a longtime friend,

the well known song
lengthened for one last
kiss, one last hug.

There is a desire
to be perfect for him,

to not give less than
everything he has
for this performance.



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