e hoa, you lost sight of the moon tonight
the sky fractured and he fell out
we were raised searching, searching, searching
for the kind of permanence
very few find
but you found him, e hoa
and he found you
we weren’t prepared for what happened
when permanence became a moment,
a split second and then a memory
but maybe we can live a lifetime in a moment?
or two weeks? and maybe we can relive a moment
over and over again?
i will rewind the tape
and that way you two will never stop dancing
and then you won’t have to say goodbye
Ko te utu o te aroha, he mamae
i’ve stopped searching for meaning in the phases of the moon
it is just rock
in the sky
that reflects light
but i’m boarding my plane now, e hoa
i’m coming to collect you from amongst the planets and the stars
homai ō ringa
let me bring you back down the vines
to earth and we can cover him
in a korowai of earth
he belongs to her now, Pō,
and you belong here, with me, amongst the living
but tai pari, you can still love him, e hoa
king and spring
high and low
as sure as an ebbing tide flows.
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