by Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard
for Colin Kaepernick
We walk into a protected natural reserve for native Hawai'ians,
a narrow path between trees and boulders with the sound
of the distant surf, then come upon a blond woman
in an electric cart. When she sees the surprise
on my face, she says, We own this, the ranch
up the mountain.
There is a mirror where only one image
flickers with its own colors and shades
and there is only one language only
one way to honor the Creator.
The football player kneels during
the national anthem, kneeling to honor
his soul to honor social justice and the color
of his skin that too many disdain.
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