Blog Post / Fall 2016 / Issues / Poetry / Poetry 2016

Binding the Strong Man–David Tuvell

Protagonists came, telltale sails on the horizon,
and brought a map of a plot for the Hawaiians:
an argument disguised as song, a margin

account their brokers could negotiate.
Each native sound a tax of luxury,
they, cure by cure, began to incorporate.
Immersion schools preserve their tapestry,
 
and plainsong tourists love that old-time lilt.
That’s how we Pound-ed their island into gilt.

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