Family and Treaty
Paint n' Pen submission
Inspiration: “Elephants” by Owen Dippie
A family, part of a herd, strong, steady and constant.
My first visit to Christchurch, I see its steadfastness, I feel its steady pace.
Back home my memories wander, life’s a race, everything a competition.
Tūranga calls, the rebuilding, testimony to this steadfastness.
I feel welcomed under the great Nor’west arch.
This place of Kate Sheppard and sounds of equality proclaiming Pokarekare Ana, I feel welcomed.
Two days before Waitangi Day, my heart swells for the oldest living cultures.
Where are their treaties? Where are their celebrations? Where is our respect?
History is the hunt for ivory, history is the theft of land.
I hope for steadfastness. I strive for respect.
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