Mother Hen



Mother Hen

(Ngatiawa - February 2015)

She stood
watching
surprised
at my coming
from the room
little feet
beating
under wings
pyramiding out
gathering in
impatient ones.
We look,
she and I,
until
assessing
I am safe;
kia ora e manu;
five chicks
chirp free.
Their quest
goes on
while
I am left
to wonder,
how long
o Jerusalem,
how long?

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