“Children’s Tale” – Hone Tuwhare

CHILDREN’S TALE

The taniwha breathes fire
and hot stones.
The taniwha snorts hot dust
and steam
Golden snot trickles from
his nostrils.

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 –
WATCH OUT!

The Earth won’t be able to contain
itself.

Earth-mother will split her sides
with laughing.

by Hone Tauwhare

Hone Tuwhare (21 October 1922 – 16 January 2008)

Hone Tuwhare (21 October 1922 – 16 January 2008)

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