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POEMS FROM NA KEIKI O HAWAII: HOOKANO, by            
First Line: Down the street, his head in air
Last Line: For -- he wore a lei.
Subject(s): Leis


Down the street, his head in air,
Strode the millionaire.
His trousers needed a patch on the seat,
He had no shoes on sturdy feet,
But -- he wore a lei.

His hat had airholes round about,
Curly locks shone out.
His belt was fastened with a nail,
His ragged shirt hung like a sail,
But -- he wore a lei.

In the gutter, its wheels apart,
Lay his mango cart.
The fruit was scattered on the ground
(Empty pockets make no sound)
But -- he wore a lei.

Past his corner the crowd surged by.
In his cart on high,
He whistled loud, he whistled long,
Hawaii's happy boyhood song,
For -- he wore a lei.





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