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John Puhiatau Pule

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Each wave would mean a great journey.
Each day my lungs vocalised a genius is born.
The moon was releasing silver dreams for prosperity.
By the sea one morning I sang out my many names.
I heard everything there was to know about birds
and without being anxious, saw wings the same
shape as your arms. Then I stayed on to understand
why the world does not return what I accidentally
let loose from my hair. Windows that often
show a child drawing a tree of hope.
Sometimes flight is depicted as a yellow house.
At times with nothing left in my need to see,
I can recognize the rain’s ability to discolour
soil and grow the same perfume as your body.



From 100 Love Poems (Earl of Seacliff, 2005)

John Pule

Last updated 25 September, 2005