Children learn to show face at an early age
Keep their hand tight to their brown bodies
Color in the lines
The island is too small to risk saying the wrong words
Believing the wrong beliefs
We hide behind our inability to live up to our potential
I am reminded again on how this island’s politics have infected our souls
and Our hearts break in the aftermath or indecision
For the first time since I was born
I am ashamed to be from Hawaii
Ashamed of what it has become
ashamed to be represented by a government
that is too cowardly to show their politics on the matter of Civil Unions
as a means to protect their own selfish interest
Shame on us all for allowing such hatred to exist—and for allowing others to think that their apathy translates to anything less than pure bigotry.
In better times, we would hope for good leadership.
But at times like these,
plain leadership will do.