Aukaha

I First Heard Woody Guthrie At Moeraki
nā Rangi Faith

I first heard Woody Guthrie
at Uenuku –
we were leaving
and there was no going back –
it was the hour,
and it was the time to say goodbye;
soon we would be sailing –
I thought it was the bus
but they sang about a boat
going far across the sea;
there was a sadness
and a slow shuffle
to a door that stretched high
into the clouds,
and I the height of each black tire
dressed in an oversized coat, but warm;
I followed – a hand on my shoulder –
then onto the bus and up to the windows
& a line of faces, & a chorus of voices singing –
so long,
as the bus moves,
so long to the urupā
so long to the marae,
so long to the people –
and once we hit the main road
and turn right to Arowhenua
there is a deep silence
that stretches
and stretches
with another sadness until
a voice sings and we all join in.


Taonga Pūoru
nā Teoti Jardine

Shapes carved with perfection
embrace the breath.
Inviting us to celebrate, the
voices of Te Ao Tūturu.


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