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Kathy Dee Kaleokealoha Kaloloahilani Banggo received a 1998 Elliot Cades Award for Literature presented by the Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council, a national 1995 Intro Journal Award from the Associated Writing Programs, as well as a 1995 Hemingway Award and 1990 Myrle Clark Creative Writing Award from the University of Hawai‘i. She has published a chapbook entitled 4-Evaz, Anna by Tinfish Network, and her work has also appeared in Hawai‘i Review, Tinfish, La‘iLai‘i, Quarterly West, and Growing Up Local. She works as a proofreader for a global CPA firm, and also as a freelance writer. She is Hawaiian-Filipino and was born in 1964 on the island of Oahu, Hawai‘i. She is an avid surfer.
 


Fly, Da Mo‘o & Me


Befo time, I wuz bright.
But no mo now,
I stay stink.
I stay ugly.

           I used to be bright.
But then I walked up to him, where he sat weaving
ti leaves on the grass.
I wen tell em about my tutu and the kalo.

He blocked the doorway with his arms on both sides.
I no could get out.
                      “Get on da bed,” he wen tell me.
Only one window and a fly and a lizard high up on the wall.
I looked at the bed.
                      “No scaid,” he said.

Befo time, I wuz bright.
But no mo now,
I stay stink.
I stay ugly.

            I used to be bright.
But then he put the ti leaf around my neck.
I talked about my gramma and the kalo.

He shut the door and bolted it.
Wuz stuck.
                       “Take em in,” he said from behind.
I nevah look.
                       “Come on, don’t be afraid.”

Up close to the fly, I count his wild eyes. Get planny. The mo‘o
chirps, wiggles close and snap up my fren. Da fuckah burp.

   

 


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