trout [ 8 ] September 2000
Rangi Faith [ 1, 2 ]


Selling It

Two women stand
at the display of bone carvings.
One asks:
What does the fish hook mean?

This, he says, picking one up,
stands for all the tribes
in New Zealand,
it is the fish for all tribes;

and this, he says,
picking up a hook
shaped as the whale's tail,
stands for the Kai Tahu tribe,
the South Islanders
of New Zealand,
that is our fish.

I didn't know that,
she says. Thank you.
She leaves.

It has been a small revelation.


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