In Paheka Families


She said to me

I didn’t know that happened

In Pakeha families.

An auntie at Poihakena Marae

And she hugged me real hugs

Soft and squishy and warm.

In Paheka families

We hide everything.

The pain is under our skin

And in our bones.

It doesn’t happen

In Pakeha families.


2 thoughts on “In Paheka Families

  1. Natasha says:

    Hi it’s MollyN, such a sad beautiful poem. Can you help me? Sorry to bother you here, but I just tried to log on to our surviving site and I get the message that my account is suspended and I can’t get any further. I don’t think I’ve done/said anything out of the ordinary – maybe posted too often? Could I ask a huge favour that you ask around for me? Thanks so much xxxxxxx

    • Karen says:

      Hey Molly, I’m locked out too, and so is NZ11 – I emailed him this morning. So it seems to be the site is having problems of some kind. Ha ha, funny we both thought we’d done something wrong. I actually just logged on here to see if I could connect with anyone this way. Glad you had.

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