October 15, 1834

At port in Hawaii

Dear friend Adabel,

I am learning fast, even tho all I may do is watch and listen. Your father is fair with me. He is tutoring me to read faster and right better. I have tasted pineapples which you wood like I think. Whales are bigger than our houses. Tell my mother and father I am tuff as a shark and will bring them treasures. One for you to.

Your friend,


Kristin LaTour’s full length collection What Will Keep Us Alive, and her most recent chapbook Mend (e-book, free online and in the link) are published by Sundress Publications. Her poems have been published in RhinoMassachusetts QuarterlyTinderbox PoetryAdana, and other journals. She lives in Aurora, IL.