aye Tane!

Tane Mahuta,
you've been here 2000 years, tell me!

I'm driving a logo―'the smart move'―
you can tell me.

what's that?
a gust of wind
ruffling your lower branches.

no one noticed the 'More Teachers Now!'
badge pinned to my jacket.
after 2000 years do you lose sight of details
or do you notice them more?

I was drinking at the Hokianga Hotel,
dolphins took me out into the ocean
until I could see the tips of your highest branches.

no one noticed you growing Tane,
but here you are―& the teachers
are taking wildcat strikes.