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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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