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The Leaving

(6th May 2002)

Oh!  Upon this day with the saddest eyes
I with regret farewell Auckland City,
To depart with the fondest of goodbyes
Of its people and sea shores pretty.

Although not a child of thy civil womb
You took in a desperate family,
My adoption the fruit of your spring bloom
In return labour given readily.

I leave within your care my youngest son
A Kiwi lad if any he’s become,
Our different accents becoming spun
Like the seed of one’s culture ne’er succumb.

So farewell Aotearoa farewell
Now is the hour a tale of you to tell.

© Harry J Horsman 2012   

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  1. Date: 10/31/2012 10:55:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your creative poetry this afternoon..Glad that I chose this one to read today..Sara

  1. Date: 10/10/2012 10:43:00 AM
    hey there Harry, the Tanka you posted is not 5/7/5/7/7...please check.Or is it not a Tanka of fixed syllables?

  1. Date: 10/4/2012 4:09:00 PM
    Very poignant, very nice... Terry

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  1. Date: 9/16/2012 8:28:00 AM
    loved your write. Sounds like an interesting tale to tell .

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 4:31:00 AM
    Good one Harry, pretty great, you might come to Australia mate, if so thats quite grand:)

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 3:03:00 AM
    you certainly picked an appropriate form for this poem in my opinion, Harry. Love especially the third verse. Well done and Godspeed.

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 8:39:00 AM
    There's so many hints of happenings and where it took place in this Harry. How I wish to hear the whole story as it sounds quite fascinating. I gather you are in Australia. mmm love a good mystery!

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 7:42:00 AM
    Time for a new adventure new faces and maybe even new love. Let's go where it takes us.

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 10:19:00 PM
    I can really tell by this how much you loved that new land and you have made me wish for something like it as well. I think it must have been a dream to think so highly of your new home there. I bet you miss it, Harry. I sure would.

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 3:13:00 PM
    great emotion resonates through this incredible poem harry luv and most descriptive of this awesome place u visited .. a vivid journey luv ..

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 12:19:00 PM
    Wonderful sonnet on farewell enjoyed. Lovely done. Thanks for all the comments. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 11:00:00 AM
    I love your farewell poem to Auckland. And I love the reference to your New Zealand son as a Kiwi. How appropriate. And the nuances are great. excellent poem

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 10:10:00 AM
    is this the end of your visits dear friend? its sounds like it this is a sad time if that is so . Glad you liked my flat pack man. Maybe I offended some with it who knows ha ha xx

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 7:34:00 AM
    what does kiwi mean? great writing!