arohanui sis

I hear the sound of hearts break

from across the sea

I am smashed, a wreck on a reef

shattered, life tilts beyond belief

Little sister joins Aunty and mum

From the Desert to the Marae, I’ll go back to where I’m from


(My sister died yesterday. in New Zealand. She too was a poet, writer and loved whanau (family), a gentle matriarch.. I wrote yesterday’s poems in the morning (Australia) long before I received the dreaded phone call. I like to think my little sister was there with me. I was going to use the picture yesterday but a little voice said no. Another wrenching loss to end the year).