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Maori legend
twisted pohutukawa-
the place of leaping

 

 

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Poet's notes:
8/15/2018

"A gnarled, twisted pohutukawa on the windswept cliff top at Cape Reinga, the northern tip of New Zealand, has become of great significance to many New Zealanders. For Maori this small, venerated pohutukawa is known as 'the place of leaping'. It is from here that the spirits of the dead begin their journey to their traditional homeland of Hawaiki. From this point the spirits leap off the headland and climb down the roots of the 800-year-old tree, descending into the underworld on their return journey."  ~New Zealand History website

Maori legend twisted pohutukawa- the place of leaping

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Date: 8/16/2018 2:56:00 PM
How profound, "the place of leaping," sounds like when you're at a crossroads and must choose a direction - well, that's how I read it -
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Mark Toney
Date: 8/16/2018 8:40:00 PM
It is an interesting phrase, yeah? Thank you, Michelle.
Date: 8/15/2018 9:54:00 PM
Beautiful moments in nature. I enjoy them all. I love this image you have placed here. I wish I could be there. Soft sigh. ~ Brandy
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Date: 8/16/2018 12:04:00 AM
The more I learn about New Zealand, the more I want to spend some time there. Thank you for your encouraging comment, Brandy.
Date: 8/15/2018 7:56:00 PM
This makes me happy, and feeling dancey prancey. Thanks Mark.
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Date: 8/15/2018 11:59:00 PM
Lol... Dancey prancey is good :) Thank you, Caren.
Date: 8/15/2018 4:04:00 PM
a frail plant...on the edge of a cliff... andt'...800 years oldt...how will mankind do : ) lol
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Date: 8/15/2018 6:52:00 PM
Lol... Good question!