Stephen Loomes


Maori Blues

I Haere koha kore
The friend left
Ko te hoa
Without a guiding word
Kaore I muna iho
Without speech of farewell.
Kaore te aroha ngau kino
Alas, the bitter pain
I roto ra
Which gnaws within
Ki te wika I pakaru
For the canoe which was wrecked
Ke te hoa ka riro
For the friend who has gone.

Te kore, Te Rapunga
The void, seeking
Te pu
The root
Te Manakao
Te Hihiri, Te mahara
Energy, Thought
Te kukune
E tapu tena te ara
Sacred is the course
O Tane matahoe nuku
Of God struggling below
O Tane matahoe rangi
O God striving above
Ka mate he tete
As one frond dies
Ka tupu he tete
Another frond grows.

Submitted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Edited: Monday, August 26, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This is not my work, but I love it, and it does have some application to an old event to do with New Zealand. (An old Maori Poem from Peter Buck's book, The Coming of the Maori)

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  • Filippo Stella (8/25/2013 5:41:00 AM)

    For me it's great! I can better understand the Maori song than thousand english poems published on this website! You got a nice idea. Thanks! (Report) Reply

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