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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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