Like One Fish Out of Water


The shark gnashes, swallows,

chunks slide greasily downward,

is it all a dream?


Essay: scribble, erase,

doodle, sketch, dream, shake, erase, erase,

sigh. Rather fly kite.


Curl of wood, easy

like butter. Shave fin, tail, nose,

eye, scale. Free the fish.


Black ink glides and dances,

a girl with flowing hair peeks

out. My sister? Perhaps.


Shave ice tingles, bites

lips, tongue, cheeks. Strawberry frost

chills all the way down.


Letter in the mail

From Ridgemont Academy

Too afraid to open.


Next year all alone

No Jay, Char Siu to lean on

Just a punching bag.


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One Boy, No Water
Zader's living like a fish out of water.
One Shark, No Swim
Because even out of the water Zader's not safe.
Uncle Kahana and Ilima find Zader abandoned on the reef at Piko Point as a baby.