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From BAMBOO RIDGE Issue Number 97, ANSHU: Dark Sorrow, by Juliet S. Kono

Saturday, November 01, 2014 3:38 AM


Triggers for November:

1. I hope you get the job

2. everyone knows who you are

3. we soon had to make way for another family

4. no one there is alive

5. who said you can do that?

6. that ancient word

7. she just cries and screams

8. you want to get us arrested?

     Not long after Papa’s death, Mama went to work for the mill store in Wainuku Camp, another small village between Kaiwiki and Hilo. She walked, rain or shine, six miles every day, six days a week, each time the weight upon her shoulders to support us pulling her tall body down, and she got to looking like a tree bent over by the constant rains of poverty. Weary, depressed, missing Papa with everything in her and her earlier optimism gone, Mama began looking older than her years.
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