Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Recent Deaths

HoNE TuwhaRE and sIr Ed

(Hone Tuwhare died age 86)

Well I know that it has been a while since I have updated and mostly it's because nothing much of interest has been happening, though we did spend a week down in Christchurch where we went on an overnight Tramp that seemed more like an overnight expedition, it was made all the worse by the fact that I had just purchased new boots, which gave me some wicked blisters so on the second day I spent 8 hrs hobbling rather than walking...overall it was a good trip, like most things in retrospect.

(Sir Edmund Hillary)

Anyway today I thought that I would do a bit of a homage to two New Zealand icons who have died lately (both in the past week) as I am at work and have no other photos to upload other that those i can find on the net.

Quote From Sir Ed

"We didn't know if it was humanly possible to reach the top of Mt. Everest. And even using oxygen as we were, if we did get to the top, we weren't at all sure whether we wouldn't drop dead or something of that nature."

Hone Tuwhare - Rain


I can hear you

making small holes

in the silence


If I were deaf

the pores of my skin

would open to you

and shut

And I

should know you

by the lick of you

if I were blind

the something

special smell of you

when the sun cakes

the ground

the steady

drum-roll sound

you make

when the wind drops

But if I

should not hear

smell or feel or see


you would still

define me

disperse me

wash over me


Hone Tuwhare

While I love this poem my favourite has to be 'Roads' but unfortunately I can't find the words for it on the net at the moment...I will keep looking and see if I can't find it. Also good news for me we get time off to go to Sir Ed's public funeral next Tuesday, so I can't complain about that, here in Hamilton they are having a big screen down in Garden place so I hope it's a nice day