In the Kākāpō’s Mind
First published in WRITE ON magazine, Issue 54. Carlos is 8 years old.
I am a kākāpō. I live in Whenua Hou (Codfish Island).
I BOOM rimu berries. They are delicious.
I TWEET mosses and ferns. They are padded.
I HOOT-HOOT baby kākāpō. They are so cute.
I SQUAWK aspergillosis. I cannot breathe.
I SHRIEK to people taking me out of the forest. It scares me.
I play dead when I am scared.
I feel good when I am back from the Wildlife Hospital.
I feel good when I am back into the forest.
When I feel good, I walk around and climb.
I HOOT to the top using my beak and my claws.
From the very top, I look down and remember that I forgot how to fly.
I PHEW mosses and ferns.
I am a kākāpō.