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A Maori Maiden Hinemoa
by Ch'erie de Perrot

Saturday, August 19, 2006
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Every country has it's legends, of two ill fated lovers, for e.g. Running Bear and Little White Dove, or the Willow Patterned China, depicting the story of two ne'er meant to be together in this life, ending up as doves flying away...This story is of two loves that found a happy ending, or so the legend of the New Zealand Maori Tribes tell us....I always loved this story as it was told to me growing up and ironically from the portion of Maori Blood in my own veins, it is from the Te Arawa tribe!

A Maori Maiden Hinemoa


A Maori Maiden Hinemoa
pined alone for her beloved
Tutanekai regarded as the lower
alas for families they ne'er bethrothed

She a Princess he a commoner
kept their love an unpicked flower
till the maiden could' take no longer
swam the lake, in fear did cower

Though guided by his lovesick flute
hid she neath the reeds and froth
with cunning she did await his slave
who fled as she tore the vessels cloth

Alarmed the slave relayed the fate
of broken vessel to his masters ear
repeated till filled with hate
Tutanekai pon feet did rear!

Determined he to crack a skull
grasped for an enemies hide
all came to a sweetened lull
as Hinemoa from the pool did slide

Cold and tired she graced his arms
he took her to rest in feathered sheet
spent they the night in lovers charms
morn found not two but four feet

Song and dance on union sealed
amid his family joy filled the air
till sighted he, her Father's Waka
now a threat inciting fear

But as the story hath it's end
loved twosome forever twined
instead of hate they made amend
celebrating newest  Whanau tribal bind!


Ch'erie de Perrot
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Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/20/2010
Thanks for sharing love from your land. This is why I love to travel, write and do art......I am always interested in the tales and stories of the land I am visiting and thanks to you I got to visit New Zealand today :-)
Reviewed by Cedric III 8/5/2007
i havent heard of her in the longest time.
i dont have a single drop of maori blood in me but i speak te reo well lol.

Cold and tired she graced his arms
he taketh her to rest and sleep
spent they the night in lovers charms
morn found not two but four feet

sleep/feet doesnt rhyme so well and kinda threw me off a lil but other wise... yoswer!
ive never thought about rewriting any of the maori legends so that the world could hear them so points to you...
i do want to write something with the line tihei mauri ora though... its been in my head for weeks!

anyways yup
well done =)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/21/2006
Wonderful and magical write; very well done, Ch'erie! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/21/2006

Engaging verse and wonderful lesson in ancient legend! Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/21/2006
A marvelous ancient tale, very well told here, Ch'erie!
Reviewed by jude forese 8/20/2006
you bring this legend to life in this superbly crafted poem ...
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/20/2006
And this is from an outpost penal colony...
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 8/20/2006
Ch'erie, Kia Ora ... I really enjoyed this piece of Maori legend, particularly since I lived in NZ for seven years, and have Maori friends. You captured the essence of the story quite well.

Love, Lena
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/20/2006
Cher'ie this is like reading a classic of old. So beautifully written! Kudo's! I totally enjoyed this story/poem!

Reviewed by Peter Paton 8/20/2006

I love happy endings too, even in this bruised and ill conceived world, that we are all forced to live in..

I have always taken great comfort and solace from that noble book by Don Miguel Ruitz, " The Four Agreements "...

Everything we do is based on agreements we have made - agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is impossible. One single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that come from fear, deplete our energy, and diminish our self-worth."

"In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is impossible."

In this powerful book that has remained on The New York Times Bestseller List for over five years, Don Miguel reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. When we are ready to change these agreements, there are four deceptively simple, yet powerful agreements that we can adopt as guiding principles. The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

The Four Agreements

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wonít be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 8/20/2006
Young love.
I love the ancient tales of how the two that were never meant to be, found each other.
Your good at telling such wonderful tales Ch'erie.

Reviewed by Miss Pandora 8/20/2006
I saw flashes of 'Anna and the King' run through my mind as I read this Ch'erie, refreshing that some true 'forbidden' love stories do not always have to end in sorrow. I loved the style of this and thoroughly enjoyed the read, ty. Love Panda :)
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 8/20/2006
Enjoyed the story line and use of wordage in this one. Great pen.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/20/2006
Lovely story poem Ch'erie!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/20/2006
Well done Cherry Pie, I love these old tales as well and always wished I could capture one like you just did with this wonderful presentation of your native folklore.

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/19/2006
Boy, are you up late or is it early there...? I love hearing of other cultures stories and such...neat posting...Ed & Rufuz

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