I was happy to have a poem of mine used on the Kia Kaha guitar donated to Canterbury Museum. It was written in the aftermath of the February 22, 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. NZ Radio and TV personality Gary McCormick wrote the other poem.
7 other guitars made from demolition timber sourced from historic and notable buildings damaged in the earthquakes were auctioned to raise money (NZD$111,000) for the Christchurch music community. (See Heart Strings note below).
The text of my poem is slightly amended from the version that was originally posted on Tumblr and reads:
Grey - silt like talc but dirty
The lost, the missing, the grieving
And then the earth quivers again; but last
before I turn head down towards a cracked home,
a child’s smile
and all is right with the world after all.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kia kaha is a Māori phrase used by both the Māori and Pākehā (European) people of New Zealand. It means be strong and is used as an affirmation. The phrase has significant meaning for both the Māori and Pākehā people of New Zealand. Popularised through its usage by the 28th Māori Battalion during World War II, it has been in use since and is regularly found in titles of books and songs, as well as a motto.
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