Te Apiti

A gorge. A channel between two mountains.
One hill divided into two. Split asunder.
A rift. A river carved out of the rock by a taniwha.
Connecting one side to the other.
Uniting the South and the North: Te Wairarapa me Te Manawatū

A valley which was once walked by the Acient ones, the tipuna and the New Zealand Māori.
Now shared with trains, trucks and motor cars.
The low winter-sun bathes the limestone path in a pale light.
While the wind blows a frigid river of fog down the valley
An echo of the sparkling waters far below.

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