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Pacific Maiden
by Rae Evans-Pater


She’s painted in the traditional pose –

an outline of cliché.

But within the silhouette

a whare burns on the beach,

bound with threads of red

from a missionary’s rosary,

beads of prayer to replace

korero of iwi.

Treasured stories of origin

evaporate like tea

from a broken porcelain tea service –

poor recompense for an acre of land.

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