No ordinary son

Hone Tuwhare, 1922 – 2008

I can hear you
making small holes
in the silence

If I were deaf
the pores of my skin
would open to you
and shut

And I
should know you
by the lick of you
if I were blind

from Rain

Image: At the Wairoa Maori Writers & Artists Hui, 1973.
Photo: John Miller

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2 thoughts on “No ordinary son

  1. Kelly 16 January 2008 / 9:42 pm

    Lovely tribute, very fitting.

  2. Mo-mo 17 January 2008 / 9:14 am

    Hone Tuwhare, what a legend. I don’t go in for poetry much but Tuwhare’s work has always made an impression on me when I have tripped across it. And he seemed like a top bloke too.

    Does anyone remember when he visited the library for Māori language week in 1999?

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