Humming

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.

 

Humming

 

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.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: