Kirimoko – Blood & Bone holder

Kirimoko. The seen face of life, land, space and love. Skin breathing. The breath of our bodies, protection, oxygen, our blood and bone holder. An expression of self, relationships. To stand out or fit in? Ink holder, cells and whakapapa. Skin expressed. Wāhine bleed into her. Pūtoto, bleeding, squirting, seeping through. Skin vibrates, trembles, pounds,Continue reading “Kirimoko – Blood & Bone holder”

Love is you

“I love you” comes from the perspective of “I” personal pronoun. “Love” feeling, gift or action. “You” the other external being – something that is felt between people. When our son was learning to talk we would say “I love you”. He could not quite make the sentence and would say something like “Ioveshyou” andContinue reading “Love is you”

The Taniwha

My first post. Identity at any meaningful level cannot be manufactured or manipulated; it is as much genetic imprint as formative experience. No matter what destructive processes we have gone through, eventually the taniwha stirs in all of us, and we can only be who we are. Merata Mita in Dennis & Bierenga, 1996, p.Continue reading “The Taniwha”

Feel the burn

Its been two years since my submission and it still burns. Not so much a raging fire but the embers are still hot. I wrote this poem after submitting my PhD. I watched a video on inspiring wahine. When I watched it, it sparked something in me.  She said “the world is waiting for you to setContinue reading “Feel the burn”