My arms are lineage brown
And my legs the shade of Ethnicity
printed on my Passport.
Sport freckles that make triangles,
Two eyes and a nose.
Hair goes frizzy, curly and sometimes flat on top,
I’ve spotted maybe six greys in total of
my existence thus Far……
Mother married to a Maori Man who is
Darker than I….
Why do I question my Heritage?
Ko Tainui o te Iwi –
Just a Kiwi girl who can roll her R’s,
Who can remember ‘Oma Rapeti’,
Made cups of tea for Elders on a Marae,
Why can’t I identify as ‘She’ of the tribe…?
Now, that be
Where my biological Grandfather was from.
Yanis Zadenis…I think…
It’s always remembered wrong.
Long frog limbs,
Golden syrup arms,
Former farm legs need work from the sun.
Just one Kiwi girl who can roll her R’s,
Sings ‘Poi E’ through Patea in passenger seats of cars.
Playing darts in sheds,
Gets Fish & Chips and eats by the sea.
Raised rash forms from stupid salt water allergy,
“This Wahine, must recall some part of her Mihimihi…?!”
Ko Tania Ahau,
Ko Tainui o te Iwi…
Ko Taranaki te Maunga…
She didn’t know anything Latvian,
She was just a Kiwi girl
Who can roll her R’s.