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Te Henga

Three slices of golden light
butter yellow upon a fairy sea
gone with one slap
of the wind witch’s icy palm
and the monstrous sea
erupts in a green tinged roar

Three raging kelpies
great silver fins churning
flashing manes flying
mad gallop to the shore

A mossy giant scales the crumbling stone walls
amidst the chilly tumult another flails and falls
the water sprites leap and shriek

I felt your ghostly breath
warm at the corner of my eye
a touch coasts across my cheek
spectral fingers slip into my hair

I know what I was given then
while the gloaming pressed
and clouds roiled and whipped across the grey, wild sky
the memory of your magic
in the fragile remaining shards of light