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THIS IS A YEAR OF THE PIG CONTEST ENTRY

Grandfather

Published by DOREEN B. | Friday, November 15, 2019 1:28 AM



worked the cane fields of Honokaa
when his head exploded,

the world clouded, his body
weightless where it went limp--

when the doctor suggested stroke,
aphasia turned his tongue to stone.

Scattered family members gathered,
shattered by the news--

the geometry of pieces mirrored
indifferent truths, hope

hung by shards.
God didn't wait for their apologies

--the cold already found his bones.






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