what happens to the ones forgotten

the ones who shaped my heart from their rib cages

i want to taste the tears in their names

trace their souls into my vocal chords so that i can feel related again

because I have forgotten my own grandparents middle names

Forgotten what color thread god used to sew me together with

There is a culture

Somewhere beneath my skin that I’ve been searching for since I landed here

But its hard to feel sometimes

Because at Stanford we are innovative

the city of Macintosh breeds thinkers of tomorrow

AND I have forgotten how to remember

But Our roots cannot remember themselves

Cannot remember how to dance if we don’t chant for them

And will not sing unless we are listening

but our tongues feel too foreign in our own mouths

we dont dare speak out loud

and we, cant even remember our own parents names

so who will care to remember mine if i dont teach them

i want to teach my future children

how to spell family with my middle name- heolimeleikalnai

how to hold love with kamakawiwo’ole

how to taste culture in the kumulipo


do not forget me

my mana

do not forget my soul

my father


who could not forget his own


do not forget whats left

cuz this is all we have

you wont find our roots online

we have no dances or chants if we have no history

just rants

no roots

just tears

this is all i have of our family history

and now its yours

O Elroy Thomas Leialoha Osorio he kane o Clara Ku’ulei Kay he wahine

Noho pu laua a hanau ia o Jonathan Kamakawiwoole Kay Osorio he kane

O jonathan kay kamakawiwoole osorio he kane o mary carol dun he wahine

Noho pu laua a hanau ia o Jamaica Heolimeleikalani osorio he wahine

do not forget us

mai poina

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