Maori Oceanic Poetry from Year of The Poet (Vol 60)

Richly Textured Peace

“Whakaturi” a richly textured Maori word
one meaning is obstinate
to be unyielding or stubborn
turn a deaf ear
or pay no attention

Niue Island Maori Poetry with Kimberly Burnham. Photo by Vijeshwar Datt on Unsplash

Finding Self Surrounded In Peace

In Niuean spoken on Niue Island
the Rock of Polynesia
coral land in the midst of the South Pacific
“Loto” means inside
within
between
“Lotoloto” amongst or in the middle of
in the heart of desire
is “fakalotomafola”
“mafola” peace
to be at peace in one’s heart or mind
“Fakalotomafola” also to appease
“to fakalotoma fola e au a ia ke he mena fakaalofa”
“I will appease him with a present”
or give myself the gift of peace
“Kia fakalotomafola a koe”
to be at peace with yourself
as if to give yourself a peace gift
surrounding yourself with peace
finding yourself within

#2 New Zealand Just Behind Iceland in
Peace

10 years
New Zealand never slipping below
4th almost perfect marks
Global Peace Index
top marks in health status
above average education jobs and earnings
yet the gap between rich and poor
distressing 20% of New Zealand’s 4.7 million citizens

The Year of the Poet Volume 60 August 2018, Inner Child Press, Poetry Posse, Kimberly Burnham, Maori Oceanic Peace.

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Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.

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Kimberly Burnham

Kimberly Burnham

Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.