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When Billy Weaver Was Killed by a Shark

(Oahu, Hawai`i, December 13, 1958)
by Alicia Potee

There were three mats, three boards, six boys—tangled red,
green, and royal blue stripes. Two bobbed in repose along the lap

of a sailless skiff, one stiff plank propped like an outstretched pair
of bleached balsa arms—its primitive cross signaling stop, go,

the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. The others pearled,
aimless beneath the December sun, at the mercy of broken

waves. One fell behind, resurfaced pale-faced between
Na Mokulua with a feeble cry, the frantic paddle Continue reading

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