on the land

on the land

Waitangi Day, how do we mark the loss, the dishonour,
the disillusionment and the fierce shreds of hope
hanging on the day?

you never give up
on the land
the best of us
come go
shot
bayoneted
blown to bloody
pieces running
to creep down under
fern along the earth
that reared us
as if common
criminals
yet you never
give up on the land
that will bury
you one
day
that your
children will
walk upon
above
you
knowing you’re
there holding
them in smoke
in song in the
telling of our
story
holding them
where the heart
touches down
on the earth
through soles
of the feet
must never
can never
give up
on the
land.

ruapekapeka
october 2013

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