New Zealand Gallery
land of the long white cloud
seen first by the explorer Kupe
in his mythical canoe.
riveting history of water and stone,
volcano, earthquake, and flood;
drama of deep lakes and craggy peaks,
twisted fiords and glistening rivers
that race to feed wild hungry oceans.
poem of darkness and light retold
in the codices of unfathomable caverns
amid constellations of glowworms,
bioluminescent subterranean artists
just angling for a meal.
island mountain rainforest song
sung first by great tribes of birds -
moa, mohua, kiwi, takahe-
then humans came and
now the bird-music wanes
one song at a time.
prayer of the rimu, rata,
kamahi, and tawhai
prayer of totara, venerable chief
among South Island trees.
May your waters run clear!
May your forests stand tall!
May your birdsong be deafening!
From "Moves Between Worlds"
(c) Eric Walter 2012