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Poetry

Ruia te taitea
Kohia te kai rangatira

Words to me are our most precious possessions
Often moving, sometimes savage, sometimes beautiful
They are what make us human

My language is a plume for my identity,
a jewel for my destiny,
and a soul for my very existence.


Contents

If Only
The Rose
A Better Place
Waiapu
Beauty
A Dew Drop
Freedom
The Dawn Breaks
Fountain of Thought
The Maire Twig
The Great Forest of Tane
The Humpback Whale


If Only

If only it were possible to journey back in time
I'd wander back to yesteryear when nature was sublime
I'd walk the sacred pathways that my ancestors trod
They'd still be there to guide me to teach me right from wrong
To walk with me and talk with me and listen to their tales
As we sat around the campfire at the closing of each day
To hear their songs and tales of old about their men, their warriors bold
Who fought together side by side to keep the land they held with pride
Some did perish, a few survived to tell the tales of those who died
So much is lost of our history and will always remain a mystery

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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The Rose

You appeared a tiny node
Upon your Mothers arm
Swelling gently swelling
Safe within your husky haven
Slowly creeping peering through
Are your tender petals
In close embrace sweetly caressing
Gracefully unfolding
In the warm rays of the sun
Pretty pink is your garment
With borders blushing red
You are strong you're in full bloom
Your fragrance fills the air
You are oh so beautiful
Welcome to this world

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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A Better Place

I honour the star that hauls forth the dawn
Venus on high greeting the morn
And Sol the sun as he appears
Sending his rays his energies
Across the sea and over the land
Giving Mother Earth a helping hand
To heal her wounds inflicted by man
Deserted mines and trees laid bare
Scenes of destruction everywhere
The fauna the flora are in despair
Their source of survival is lean and rare
The forests their homes no longer there
Industrial wastes are flowing free
Into our waterways out to the sea
Never a thought for the life forms within
When will the awareness begin
Earthquakes floods and forest fires
Disasters tragedies senseless killings
Disease famine and so much more
Where will it end when will we see
That this is not the way to be
This world's so full of greed and hate
It's time for change it's not too late
Let's pull together regardless of race
And make this world a better place

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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Waiapu

You my sacred river emanated from
The foothills of Mount Hikurangi
Meandering through the valleys
And the lowlands of your people Ngati Porou
Taking in the flowing waters
Of the brooks and of the streams
Waiapu - Sacred river - flow on
To the vast domain of Tangaroa
You will never disappear
My sacred river - Waiapu
The wash bowl of Ngati Porou

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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Beauty

I sit engrossed in thoughts of beauty
A new born babe so pure so chaste
The elegant flight of the snow white heron
The infinite wisdom of age
The echoing roar of rolling thunder
The warming rays of the sun
The welcome calm that follows the storm
The guiding light of the moon
The view of the distant snow capped mountain
The waking glow of dawn
In all Gods wondrous handiworks
There's beauty to behold

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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A Dewdrop

Shimmering in the sun
Quivering in the breeze
I sit content
On the drooping lip
Of an unfurled leaf
Crystal clear
A dewdrop pure
I fall to the earth
I am no more

He Kopata Tomairangi
Korakora ana i roto i te ra
Wiriwiri ana i roto i te hauangi
Tatu ana te noho
I runga i te ngutu tapere
O te rau wherawhera
Mehemea he kohatu piata
He kopata urutapu
Ka taka ki a Papatuanuku
Kua kore ahau

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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Freedom

I envy the wind as it blows free
Over the land and over the sea
Into the heavens in swoops and swirls
Sending the clouds
In a frenzy of whirls
I envy the rain as it falls free
Into the waterways that flow to the sea
There to be tossed by Tangaroa's waves
Thrown to the shores and into the caves
No rules to bind them in any way
Just fancy free from day to day
So pure so clean so fresh and free
This is what freedom means to me

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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The Dawn Breaks

The dawn breaks upon the mountain
The birds trill korori! korora!
Telling the stories of yesteryear
Tama-nui-tera burns brightly in the heavens
Look up at Rangi the Sky Father
Gazing longingly at Papa
The Earth Mother laying prone below
They were separated by Tane guardian of the forests
As for Tama-nui-te-ra he rises early to traverse the skies to give light to the world
The world of frost, snow and sleet and the biting winds of Tawhirimatea.

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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Fountain of Thought

I sit and drift into my fountain of thought
I'm lifted up to the astral dimension
Sprinkled there by Tane
As a splendid raiment for his father
Suspended on high
The moon he gave to guide us by night
Rona within clinging to the Ngaio
There's Venus the star that hauls forth the dawn
And Jupiter the evening star
Who draws in the night
There's the Pleiades that sparkles on high
And the Milky Way stretched across the breast of
Rangi the Sky Father
The buckle of Orion's Belt is clearly visible
Adding splendour to Rangi's breast
I journey on beyond the heavens
And see the planets whirling in space
There's Saturn and Venus Jupiter and Mars
These are but a few of the heavenly stars
And planets of outer space
That exist in and beyond
This amazing world that we dwell in
All these wonders gifted to us
By our Creator and His supernatural offspring

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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The Maire Twig

A finger from the Maire falls
And flutters down from where it hung
And sits content upon the water
Rocking twirling to and fro
Up and down along its way
On the surface of the stream
Suddenly the tiny Maire
Is swallowed by a waterfall
Expelled and bobbing up and down
To the calmer water flow
Onward to the mighty ocean
There it sinks
It sinks so slowly
The tiny Maire settles gently
In the waiting outstretched arms
Of the sea god Tangaroa
Keeper of this vast domain

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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The Great Forest of Tane

I sit beside a waterfall in the great forest of Tane
And drink in the beauty of all that surrounds me
I listen intently to the medley of sounds
That echo within this place so sublime
The rushing sounds of the falls that cascade
Form an eddying pool in the river below
I remember the feats that Tane accomplished
How he clothed his Mother lying prone below
Covered her nakedness with plants and trees
And created the animals, insects and birds
Creatures as well to dwell and survive
In this domain so green and so free
Walk in the forest stay awhile, be still
Listen to the sounds of the rustling leaves
The whispering winds, the shuffle of creatures
The music of song birds, the stillness of night
The whirring and buzz of busy insects
This special place, this paradise
Where I find peace and comfort
A haven to reflect on the past
And dream of the future

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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The Humpback Whale

Gracefully cruising
The giant humpback
Plunges deeply into
The cold blue ocean
Crooning softly
As he joins
The pod below
Searching
For sustenance
On the ocean floor
Then rising swiftly
To shatter the surface
For a welcome
Blast of air
A glimpse of blue sky
A wind blown kiss
And the humpbacks
Gone again
Down into the blue
The deepest blue
In the sea of Tangaroa

Kiri Atawhai Dewes

 

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Tino Rangatiratanga

 

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