All Jokes Aside, Hemi

tohunga

toa

te reo true

korero

wai

the heron flew

 

the bearded bard

spoke prayer or hymn

and onward to Jerusalem

some made the trek

five to a car

incense, myrrh – kissed his arse

hung from his word

such reverence

a reading by his eminence

the sad waiata

the long lament

leave poor old Jim to rest my friend

 

tohunga

toa

te reo true

let truth

be told

from me to you

 

©Orion Foote, 2016

 

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