Flight into the Unknown (poem)

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Ruru (aka Morepork)

Flight into the Unknown

i.m. Gertrude Fisher

 

old ruru

standing guard

 

over our totara

it is ending –

 

fly through

the tall forest

 

to wherever

it leads…

 

as you finally

exhale

 

crying mokopuna

surround you

 

 

Joanne Fisher

 

This is sort of a complete rewrite of an older poem. To anyone who isn’t a New Zealander/Aotearoan I may need to explain some words: Ruru (also known as a Morepork) is a native owl. Totara is a native tree that grows very tall. It has very dense wood, thick stringy bark, and needle-like leaves. Mokopuna is the Maori word for grandchildren. One of my favourite Maori words.

This is a poem about my grandmother who died a few years ago now. She collected owl figurines, and so I always saw her as an owl, though some in the family called her Mouse (which I didn’t)…

I’ve deliberately used some Maori symbolism here (though my grandmother was of Irish-German descent). Rurus in Maori mythology were seen as guardians with powers to protect and advise. The totara symbolises life and growth, and also social solidarity, though in this poem I’ve extended it to mean family.

 

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Totara

 

 

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©2020 Joanne Fisher

 

 

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