I AM FROM
I am from Bruce and Elaine, Buster and Grace, Hiroshi and Chiyoko.
From the corner in Honolulu and the Arkansas relocation camps,
From ash covered Hiroshima and the sparkling riverside in Kumamoto.
I am from pineapple cannery workers, electricians, mechanics, priests, and fish peddlers browsing old Hawaiian streets.
I am from raw fish eaters, sushi makers, and women who sew your clothes while you sleep.
I am from anxiety, darkness, sexuality and love.
I am from “be happy” and “be bold” and “shut your f$%#en mouth” and “remember that you are a samurai.”