Only The Bible Is Allowed To Be Sacred

Not even with a thirty meter telescope

will we be able to see

all the damage done to the āina already

we won’t see polluted aquifers and an ailing reef

we won’t see the monk seals and turtles

laying on beaches filled with torn fishing nets

and sun bleached plastic

washing up by the ton with every storm.

Desecration has become the norm

but you want Hawaiians to conform?

you want Kanaka Maoli to trust you

as they sift black plastic from the soil

of the old pineapple fields

where native forests used to grow?

you want Kanaka Maoli to trust you

as they watch the ocean bleed red

every time it rains and the land melts into the sea?

you want them to stand by and trust

that you will be good stewards of the aina,

like you were with Kaho’olawe?

‘Progress’ has never paid

for these descendants of great navigators

who were taught to revere Columbus in grade school

who were taught to pledge allegiance

to the same government that drew a target on their backs

for Imperial Japan

and draws a target on their backs

for the North Koreans

the same government that sends them to kill farmers in Afghanistan

the same government that sends them to kill fishermen in Yemen

the same government that sends them to private prisons in Arizona

the same government that wants them to believe

that their real history began with statehood in 1959

the same government that wants them to believe

that ‘we know what’s best for you’

and that only the bible is allowed to be sacred

just ignore that part about ‘thou shalt not steal’

and ignore that part about ‘thou shalt now kill’

ignore all the dead bodies that are still piling up

all on account of the west

all in the name of progress

just fall in line

and dress right, dress

 

 

 

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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