Birthday Poem for Paula Green

The Tai Tokerau begins

where you were born

te hiku

that rose out of the ocean

as Hikurangi

as Te Ika a Maui

in its glistening


scales as sharp

as a taniwha harpoon

beginning again

Hari Huritau e Paula

rise in the dive

and swim past

the Muriwai light

to the northerly swells

of your birthplace

and your heart



Robert Sullivan


One comment on “Birthday Poem for Paula Green

  1. Dear Robert, This poem is like pounamu, a gift i will hold to my chest, that holds my mountain and my river, that speaks of where i come from. I read this poem in your voice. It is utterly wonderful. Utterly ,moving. I am so touched. Love Paula x


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