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Friday, June 25, 2010

Pukapuka Poem #35 'Rock and Cave' - Michael O'Leary

Rock and Cave

at Whatipu
the caves are hollow
                        and hidden

no light or
life can be seen in
                        these solitary places

and then
the heads of the Western
                        Manukau jut out

Buffeted, undermined
by winds and
                        by rain and salt water

if you
stand on the beach
feeling the force of the elements

and look
up to the safety and
                        darkness of the caves

then decide
on te wahi moemoeä, shadows
                        and the half-life

or stand strong, Kia Kaha,
and be shaped and eroded
down to the last pebble of existence

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