Thank you

thank you for the nails
thank you for the blankets
thank you for the rum
thank you for the tobacco
thank you for your law
thank you for your prisons
thank you for smashing my language
thank you for changing my family values
all these things i no longer want
                                               thank you



Apirana Taylor

Apirana Taylor, Ngāti Porou, Te Whanau a Apanui and Ngāti Ruanui, is a nationally and internationally published Māori poet, short story writer, storyteller, playwright, novelist, actor and painter. He has been a Writer-in-Residence in New Zealand schools and universities.

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