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Our Sovereignty

granted to us by Kane

By Tony MartelloPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024
Our Sovereignty
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Visitors, wolves, slyly cloaked in wooly white fur,

Claim your island in the middle of the Pacific

but seize an available one.

Our stones may lead south through the Pacific

but ask for approval, a permission of sorts, like your neighbors do.

For your Shepard teaches,

“The earth is the Lords and all the land and

sea creatures abide with him.”

Preserve our fragrant Plumeria for embrace

Breathe the breath of Lono and flourish from his spirit

Keep the sovereign lei of Liliuokalani sweet and fragrant

Open your eyes. Can you see Pele’s gift to the earth?

Her belly button undone, feeding

our archipelago for days…

creating timeless islands that march to paradise, our promise land.

And, pleasing your mother nature’s landmass of North America

Pele’s sister Kilauea yields fresh lava for landmasses

Forming mirages in the sea where sea farers rest on long journeys

Recalling fantasies of lost paradise found

Again, please do not claim your power from your Shepard for he teaches,

“Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

Don’t you see the speck in your eye

tainting your morality?

Ask your neighbor to look for you…

Find your own stepping stone and shine it so, but

be a nation of your word, honesty, and golden glow.

When the aloha spirit has struck

speak forth and grow…

Until then,


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Tony Martello

Join an author like no other on various tales that entertain, philosophies that inspire, and lessons that transform us. He is inspired by nature, the ocean, and funny social interactions. He is the author of Flat Spell Tales and much more.

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  • Anna 29 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Visuals galore especially bellybutton undone!

  • ROCK about a month ago

    So evocative; I want to fly away to any place that feels as beautiful as this poem.

  • Lily Séjorabout a month ago

    Being from a beautiful island in the Caribbean, I understand what that looks like. The process is painful and ugly and when you challenge it, people gaslight you and say you're selfish and unwelcoming... using their power to cement their power. The least people could do is follow their own word. Much island love to you and thank you for this piece.

  • Tony Martello (Author)about a month ago

    Yes, and the irony of mainlanders and missionaries assuming they could force the native Hawaiians to change to find a better life is completely twisted and backwards because they already found paradise....

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    We do seem to like to possess, as a species, dont we.

  • Tony Martello (Author)about a month ago

    Thank you

  • The Writer about a month ago


  • D. D. Leeabout a month ago

    Simply beautiful! I’ve never read a poem about Hawaii but I’m glad this was my first. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Margaret Brennanabout a month ago

    very well done.

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