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About time

Mercedes Webb-Pullman

 

Tipu-tupu-nui-a-uta asked for rain;
torrents fell, floods rose
engulfing hills, mountains.

You turned from Tāne?
Build rafts, or drown.

*

From Elephantiné came granite
for the temple at Sais. One block
took two thousand labourers
three years to move, even hollowed
to make a chamber.

Dropped at the gate, never
moved into place.

*

clouds drift across Taranaki
while I
chop wood
fetch water

 

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