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Featured poem: To Homo Sapiens

November 20, 2019  |  Topics: featured artist

By Frances Kakugawa

I am your forest.

The sound of your ax

Silences my voice.

I am your . . .

I am . . .

Frances Kakugawa, who currently resides in Sacramento, was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kapoho, which was demolished by lava when she was 18 years old. She has taught for many years in the Michigan and Hawaii public school systems; conducted language arts workshops for teachers in Micronesia and in Hawaii; and was a curriculum writer and lecturer for the University of Hawaii.

This poem was originally published by the Center for Humans and Nature in its Fall 2019 Minding Nature journal. Reprinted with permission.

Photos by Eddee Daniel, Project Director of A Wealth of Nature.