Te Pō – Elizabeth Nahu

By August 9, 2019 August 15th, 2019 2019 runner up

Te Pō

our tupuna made epic stories
to the stars

but right now
i don’t need stories
i don’t need waiata
and i don’t even need poetry

the emptiness of a farm at night
the hum of the milking shed
the stones beneath my bare feet
the cool breeze on my skin

because sometimes
wonder is enough
and turning in circles
again and again
not quite full enough

and i know the world is round
because i see the night doming over me
Tāne’s kete of stars
spilling closer and closer –

and tonight
that’s enough
knowing i’m safe
in the embrace of Ranginui and Papatūānuku

i don’t even need to be human
just alive



Portrait of Elizabeth Nahu
Elizabeth Nahu
Year 13
Onslow College

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