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MOKO WAHINE : poetry compt. entry 2016

October 9, 2016

Moko Wahine


Woman of the deep drawn

Breath, the long umbilical line

Nga Hau E Wha, STAND!


Your feathers and woven

coverings address you


Fetch your hair, Nga Hau E Whawahine

Those lustrous coils you cut as one

would cut wheat. My eye follows

their spiral ghosts inwards, marks

the intricate pattern at your shoulders

about your strong thighs


Your numerous children

honour you, Nga Hau E Wha

You taught them the stars

Your hands were their shelter


Woman of the deep drawn breathe

We dance the turning of the year

We are the babes left at your doorstep

Woman of the Four Winds

Nga Hau E Wha


© Jenny Dobson


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