we contemplate distant illuminations,
yet the difficulty remains in
recognizing the true human
which is a dream the firstborn forgot and hopes
this earth will never feel

goodbye, said the captain. Goodbye, said the islander.
Next time test in your own country
perhaps New York or Paris

-—John Pule, from ‘The Shark That Ate The Sun’, (Nuanua: Pacific Writing in English Since 1980)