Family and Treaty

Paint n' Pen submission

Inspired by Street Art, Flash Fiction, For Adult Readers, Suitable for Young Adult Readers
Dyslexia Font
Jean-Paul Leung

Feb 13   ●  1 min read   ●  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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