the bonds of love we meet – Pippi Duncan

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

the bonds of love we meet

My little brother understood kia kaha to mean aroha
what with the silence we say it lately
a consecrated quiet

and chalk vows
clinging to school grounds
like blue to clouded sky.

Kia kaha means asking Laiba from class how to tie a headdress
uncrumple careful hands, each slip of scarf
you push back into place.

1:32 pm, close your mouth a moment.
———————–Kia kaha
is the bow of the rugby boys’ heads,
still of the prefect’s shoes. Listening to your friends

Light. Kia kaha is the look up,
the struggle of faith through the loopholes of our fists.

We will make this home again.



Portrait of Pippi Duncan
Pippi Duncan
Year 12
Takapuna Grammar School



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