poem for te riria

the blue pukeko
flies above the table
some sunlight
sits on a chair
the wooden mask
i drew on with white crayon
wears rasta beads,
shells from rapanui,
a harakeke hat
and guards the stair

Brian Potiki’s book Te Wai Pounamu, Your Music Remembers Me: four South Island history plays & their songs will be published in 2007. He lives near Rotorua.

Potiki comments: ‘The poem was written for my grand-daughter who would recognise this “map” of our living room at Rotoehu.’

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Trout 14
New Zealand Book Council writer file