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Diana Betham-Scanlan

Poetry giveth light 

Poetry giveth love 

Poetry warms the soul 

Which is inspired by the heavens above 


Poetry floweth softly

Like the streams of Titikaveka 

It’s words falleth gently 

Like the droplets of the early morning dew 

Upon the petals of the tipani


Poetry is pure 

Even more than the scent of the Tiare Maori 

Poetry pierceth deeply 

Even to the very heart, the fatu and the ngakau.


Poetry cometh from near 

Poetry cometh from afar 

Poetry invigorateth the soul 

Which riseth to the morning star

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