Remember the evening we walked the beach by your house until the rain raced us home
how not even our fear of darkness was enough to chase us away?
later i caught an eyelash on your cheek
and wished for a million more evenings exactly the same,
the black strand simply flew away
or remember the night and next morning our kupuna sent showers to celebrate our love
how i couldn't overflow without apuakenui being moved by your voice?
Remember all the times we've been baptized?
Waimānalo, Waimea and all the wai in-between?
how there was no water that could refuse our skin
the way our ʻāīna and moana was constantly transformed by our potential
Or the nights i held you as you drenched my shoulders in your regrets
how i told you it would be alright
as another woman circled your mind?
Remember when you told me you loved me
and then drove to her house?
How i was the only sky that shook and shattered that night
as you let her breath slide back under your skin
Remember how it pulled all the water from my skin
until i was just wound and salt?
Remember the years we promised to each-other
how they turned only to days
remember all the love we left unmade?
you and me
as anything other than this way.