The
Good Stuff

The
Good Stuff

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On the year just been

Tusiata Avia MNZM

Tusiata Avia MNZM

Words from someone who really knows how to sum things up

two thousand twenty one
numbers
the pictures behind your eyes

take another breath
strain the air
through your mask
and breathe out
smile

smile behind your mask
and breathe
breathe out waiata
breathe in
the moana
even though it has been far away

breathe
in every kind of weather
and from the inside of your house
again
breathe out
your moko kauae
or your mokos
or the ones you are yet to have

breathe in
ata bark, mangrove inks, pandanus seeds
breathe out the place where it hurts
and breathe
breathe in
the conservatoire on the inside
the conservatoire on the outside

breathe in the darkest corners
breathe in them
breathe in
the alofa
and the aroha
and the amore

and breathe out
beauty and burden
into the theatre
of all things
into the invention
of a new year

 

 

 

 


*Poem contains references (sometimes, rather obliquely) to some of the works by artists who were awarded in 2021

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