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No. 52 (September 1965)
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the sea deep
Hine-mokemoke sings;
come surging up
the sad tales whispered
in the ear of frail shells
on the ocean's floor.
Lovely and lonely
Hine-mokemoke sings
down amid the curling fronds
dark and secret songs
of the tremendous deep.
Against my ear rests
the singing shell.
all its secrets murmuring
as the waters of Waiapu.
as Titipounamu.