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Dawn on Mount Manaia

                   Only inspired mortals can feel the stimuli
            synonymously woven within the indigenous people
                      who for centuries dwell in this place.
                         The ‘Aotearoa Northland Maori’
                          Relating verbal legends of old
                     complementing one’s majestic stance
                            in the wilderness, a place 
         the ancient Gods of Olympus would welcome as home.
                 Here! From where one stands a perception
                   one of understanding yet in awe of you. 
                             Guardian of ‘Taurikura bay’
                    With your phantom shroud intimidating 
     the serene waters of the Pacific Ocean lying dormant below.
             Mortified your crag laden face appearing to cry out
                     for assistance to the wayward breeze,
          that it may hasten the removal of the ghostly grey veil,
              compounded precariously within your stony crown, 
   only then licence to permit the radiance of the brand new day to 
                     cast out the lingering nocturnal shadows, 
                           exposing all that surrounds your
                                  ‘Monolithic presence’

free verse poem for Julia Ward's contest
Theme of Mountains 2016

Copyright © harry horsman | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 7/23/2016 2:17:00 PM

    Beautiful imagery...great write!
  1. Date: 7/21/2016 7:42:00 AM

    Excellent. Well penned. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it.
  1. Date: 7/20/2016 1:43:00 AM

    A beauty to behold and a very informative poem creatively woven my dear friend, harry. Thank you so much for sharing! love and hugs, Leonora
  1. Date: 7/19/2016 11:43:00 PM

    Your time there well spent, Harry, a proud piece. Regards, Viv
  1. Date: 7/19/2016 12:32:00 AM

    An excellent write, Harry. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
  1. Date: 7/18/2016 10:44:00 AM

    A very interesting piece to read... The Maori People are very popular to read about lately. Well done!
  1. Date: 7/18/2016 7:36:00 AM

    I find indigenous cultures to be fascinating, you have wet my appetite as I know little about the Maori People.
  1. Date: 7/18/2016 4:44:00 AM

    The soul of universal Man has spoken in the language of poetry that only the good in heart understand! Superb writing my friend Harry. Good luck and a seven!
  1. Date: 7/17/2016 5:07:00 PM

    Wow. What an amazing job you did. You are at your beat writing strong and free, harry
  1. Date: 7/17/2016 4:58:00 PM

    Hi Harry I have always had a love for the indigenous people all over the world. I jave played the blues with many maori People, and the indigenous people here in Australia. I can truly relate to them. This is a great poem, my friend, and much deserves to flow to the top A7 from me....peter
  1. Date: 7/17/2016 4:37:00 PM

    harry, well done with such greaat word choice!... i enjoyed this.. hugggs
  1. Date: 7/17/2016 7:27:00 AM

    you always share with us delightful poems full of knowledge, wish I had your gift for inspiration/fresh ideas, I'm admiring Harry, your ability to keep it new, have a great day x
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 11:40:00 PM

    A wonderful write. I have friends in NZ Pity I could never go to live there.
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 5:16:00 PM

    An excellent take on this inspiring theme, Harry. New Zealand has so many beautiful and captivating sights on offer! gl in the contest. Regards // paul
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 5:05:00 PM

    This is the best one I have read for this contest.. an excellent write..
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 12:20:00 PM

    Great write
  1. Date: 7/16/2016 8:15:00 AM

    - Harry, thank you for this beautiful images of nature - Good luck in the contest - Best wishes for a peaceful weekend - hugs // Anne-Lise :)