The taniwha breathes fire
and hot stones.
The taniwha snorts hot dust
Golden snot trickles from
Deep inside the Earth
the taniwha takes deep-breathing
exercises to keep in good shape
for when it has to remind us all
that we are not as powerful as he.
His name is: RU-AU-MOKO.
He is the boss of all the taniwhas.
He doesn’t give a fart for anyone
or anything. But when he does –
The Earth won’t be able to contain
Earth-mother will split her sides