This Friday’s poem is Humming by Hone Tuwhare from his collection Oooooo…..!!!  published by Steele Roberts.


I’ll leave it to you to find – or not – a message for Waitangi Day in it.




It is a house to be constructed with care

      for it has no confining walls

     thus permitting expansion: vertical


    growth is not inhibited for there is no limit to the height of the ceiling

    stretching to heaven. This house

    can endure given a chance, that’s

    for sure  … H m m m m


But since it is of earth its foundations may be

     built of sand: and because there are

    no confining walls this fragile house

    of love may be seen as layers of light

   and colour – a feeling tone – warm, purple

   orange grey hot and cold with lots of blue

   and yellow to make it green – green

   was predicatble … H m m m m


Fleshed out though, this house of love isn’t

     ageless, but ages old. It has form; contour.

     It has presence; a brilliant arc uniting

    heaven and hell; love-thoughts in pursuit of

    a physical expression – a noisy, gloppy

    proclamation –


                 Aha   Aha – Aha – Aha   Aha


    … and horses, huffing and pounding into

     the straight, riders snarling, cruel whips

     flailing – the anguish of stretched leather

     reeking sweetly of sweat … And reason? Ahh.


    Reason is a hunchback of irrelevance backing

    quietly out the door.


But where are the flowers – the select flowers

      of endearment, soul-food to dazzle the heart?


    O, they’re here, all right: there, there

    and THERE … H m m m


             – Hone Tuwhare –

One Response to Humming

  1. macdoctor01 says:

    I think this is talking about how love is destroyed by violence and reason. In which case, it is very apt for Waitangi…

    In any case, it is very powerful.


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