Sister, will the land remember You?
(First line of poem Tai Pari, Tai Ope
by Michelle Ngamoki)
You ask a big question, Sister.
Who am I to ask the same?
Small letters to her I leave.
I leave them for my daughters, sons.
For all my descendants.
Remember the land for more
than a moment.
As I remember her for all she
has given me; and you, and you.
We must do more for her now
than we have ever done before.
Benita H. Kape (c) 24.4.2021
Michelle Ngamoki is a New Zealand writer. Her poem Tai Pare, Tai Ope is her contribution to “tatai whetu” seven Maori women poets in translation. “Tai Pari” means “high tide” and “Tai Ope” means to bail out. This then is a last resort poem to the land.
“And now for today’s prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that responds, in some way, to another. This could be as simple as using a line or image from another poem as a jumping-off point, or it could be a more formal poetic response to the argument or ideas raised in another poem. You might use a favorite …