Saturday, April 7, 2007

Culture Shock Therapy

I am from the beach. From Spam and aloha.
I am from the Valley Isle, beautiful and serene.
I am from the plumeria, fragrant and velvety.
I'm from potlucks and dark skin.
From Aileen Fong and Wah Tim Lock.
I'm from the long conversations and livingroom games.
From "Don't waste food!"
And "You can do it when you're twenty-five."
I'm from followers of Jesus and Catholic roots.
I'm from Honolulu, Hawaii and rural China.
Plate lunches and saimin.
I am from only daughter, independent and compassionate.


  1. Yup, you can do ANY THING you want now.

  2. This made me all misty-eyed... beautiful poem Lariss.