My Uncles - Kimo Armitage


My uncles


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.