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Poetry

September 9, 2019

The path you walk has already been decided.  Like the stars in the sky and the dust on the earth, Remember that you are a child of Ranginui and Papatūānuku.   Born a warrior, You are Tūmatauenga.  Let the knowledge of the way your tūpuna fought their battles shape your mind and body for war.  […]

September 9, 2019

Slowly slipping through the edges of who we are Has been taken and still is Overused senses of the ownership of whenua But do you even ally? Seen are the lenses of authority that tell us  We can do it by ourselves Gone is the thing you call respect With your ways of integrity pinning […]

September 9, 2019

  Globalisation of our tribal species, is that the issue?  Evolved biological mechanisms for war and calamity reside in our brain tissue.   Neurons firing pop pop that’s that M16, Ingroup and out group structures guiding our thoughts and perceptions of who’s on our team Unaware of these cognitive biases  Unconscious wars can wage within […]

August 5, 2019

My grandma had hands that could knead love into Panipopos Sew consideration into pe’as for white sunday And slap sense into the back of my head because I’d giggle at how she said “Luisa aua ke fiaboko” I could see her pride in the way she’d curl ribbons on the ula loles, waddle up to […]

August 5, 2019

“It’s not always what you say, it’s how you say it”   When you ask me if I’m algood, the tone in which it is asked will dictate my response.    I watch to see if the curves of your mouth betray a sly smile, or if your eyes stay hardened as they look back […]

August 5, 2019

School Strike 4 Climate 15/03/2019   Papatūānuku and Tangaroa transcend time, lives & worlds. They interlock and intertwine as one – with deep rooted whakapapa to all worlds. As protectors of the earth & seas, our guardianship has failed. The human race have polluted & destroyed this earth and its oceans. Now, climate change is […]

August 5, 2019

Growing up not knowing Pacific was a minority Family was the only thing to me that was priority Grew up in a community where there were no opportunities and they judge us still, like they have fucking authority   The struggle is real, but I hold myself down tight To every poly keep fighting this […]

August 5, 2019

Mou te ko, mou te ere,  Kia pukuru o vaevae Kia mokora o kaki, iekoko! E tu, e ara, e te au potiki o te Kuki Airani Mouria to korona, takina ki runga. Kia kite te kato’ato’a i te peu a to’ou Ipukarea   Mou te ko, mou te ere,  Kia pukuru o vaevae Kia […]

July 22, 2019

i think the problem with black history is that we already know how this song and dance goes, glass half empty. i watch three black women put a man into space   and i’m always waiting for the punchline, the moment where the perfect illusion dissolves  and we get thrown back to square one. i’m […]

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