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POEM: ode to a ukulele

koaloha-ukulele

ode to a ukulele

a parakeet’s weight
with a harp’s song

ringing from strings
on warm koa wood

birthed in the minds
of Portuguese carpenters

who couldn’t make money
selling cabinets to Hawaiians

they sold harmonies
and rhythms instead

giving a new sound
to this island nation

and to countless others
who followed, strumming

16 February 2013
Auburn, AL

Published in Auburn Music My poems Poem-A-Day 2013 Poetry Ukulele

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