heave the sea turtle onto
the makeshift plywood table and
sharpen their knives on a wet stone.
By the time they are done
the turtle’s bones and carapace
are cast aside in a pile.
I put my hands in,
feel the force
that it once was,
and understand its majesty,
this life that swam oceans.
About the Author
KIMO ARMITAGE draws upon the rich stories of his childhood, spent in Haleiwa, HI, where he was raised by his maternal grandparents.
Armitage published his first novel, The Healers, with the University of Hawaii Press in April 2016.