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There’s no place like home

"Kia mau ki te tokanga nui a noho"

By Joe O’ConnorPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Runner-Up in Abecedarian Challenge
There’s no place like home
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Echoes in the mind of her people.





Journeying where the grass is greener.





Our pounamu resting against our chests.





Te reo Māori reminds us, kia mau ki te tokanga nui a noho.

Unconditionally, her




You’re welcome here. You’re welcome home.


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About the Creator

Joe O’Connor

New Zealander living in London

Teacher of English and History, and sport-lover

Mostly short stories and poems📚

Feel free to be honest- one constructive comment beats a hundred generic ones

Currently writing James The Wonderer

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  • Lacy Loar-Gruenler3 months ago

    Joe, this is so beautiful. One of my professors married a Māori man she met while vacationing in New Zealand. They moved to Cambridge and have been there more than 40 years. I always wondered how he acclimated and if he missed visiting his home. Your poem is such a strong statement for 'home'. And congrats on the Abecedarian challenge! A wonderful entry!

  • Wooohooooo congratulations on your win!! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • D.K. Shepard3 months ago

    Congrats! What an intriguing and clever piece!

  • Liam Storm3 months ago

    Congrats on your placement! Great poem

  • Windchime3 months ago

    Love this one too...

  • Denise E Lindquist3 months ago

    I enjoy the abecedarian's that I don't know that is one until I get further into it! Good job!😊💕

  • Patrick M. Ohana3 months ago

    I lived in Hawai'i for seven years, getting to know the brethren of the proud Māori. I love all Polynesians : )

  • Jazzy 3 months ago

    I didn't even notice this was for the challenge so well done

  • L.C. Schäfer4 months ago

    What a gorgeous tribute, and more New words for me to learn ❤️

  • Anna 4 months ago

    Love this abecedarian!

  • Toby Heward4 months ago

    Beautifully done

  • Rachel Deeming4 months ago

    A lovely dedication to your homeland. I have visited her too. Beautiful. I have some very special memories from there.

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