we try to give the river the same sized attention we give the ocean. since the great māhele our water has tasted expensive. some rivers fall into rainbows: this is a form of shaka. thick aloha can be achieved by fashioning a bed from monstera & lying under the sky. to learn aloha go to the falling river & collect the raindrops of a lehua blossom. every river on the island has flown through you from before time before you were ever here.
— M.G. Martin
A 2018 W.S. Merwin Creative Teaching Fellow, M.G. Martin is a podagee poet, from Hawai’i island, who teaches middle school English on Maui. Find him at mgmartinpoetry.tumblr.com and @m.g.martin