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totara, tuatara, tomate

roll easily

takahe and kaka

are slow and harsh

but may not last 

the night


kea discords

yet kereru is soft

and silent in the treetops

the tops of rata, rimu

and the vanishing kauri


a looser tongue

can attempt

puhutekawa, whauwhaupaku, tawhairounui

all trees

or kakapo, pukeko, kokato

all birds

or matuhi, koreke, piopio

all gone

Feature image by Buller, Walter Lawry Sir 1838-1906