A New Tradition

17 07 2007

Every day until I leave for NZ, I am going to post an excerpt from one of the books I have on the subject. It might be an interesting fact or a cool place I want to visit etc.

 Today it’s a poem from the chapter on Maori history. For now I’ll just put up the English translation but I might throw in the Maori later.

The floor of heaven above 

Pierce it above and below;

 Split the cover of heaven,    

Destroy the cover of heaven.

Lay Taihoro-nukurangi to rest.

Raise Antares’ brow in the sky.

Canopus rises, Orion is on high,

 And I hold fast

To the Smaller Magellan Cloud.

 The moon is new on the horizon,

When I cross.

 To Aotea! To Aotea!       

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17 07 2007
Jennifer James

Interesting. I like the rhythm. I would like to know more fun facts about new zealand! They should be Ugg related.

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