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No. 69 (1971)
– 55 –

A Cry — Ages Old

I've watched till dusk
in Mauinaina but you have not come:
Kaiahiku's sunset flame has faded
as the tide recedes again
and darkness
wraps my loneliness within a cloak
of fear.
You said you'd bring a fish —
a maomao small and tender
especially for the little one
who will one day be like you.
You had to take the challenge
of the wilder deeper waters
when I would have you fish
within the safer Wai-O-Taiki!
What gain our truce with neighbour
tribes — our freedom to
extend ourselves
beyond this pa and Maungarei —
if you must seek
out danger when you could be here with me.

W. Berta Kivi