A word, or a thousand pictures?
a digital poem by Helen Sword
In Māori legend, Cape Rēinga is ‘the place of leaping spirits’, where departing souls fling themselves seaward, slide down the roots of an old pōhutukawa tree and begin their journey to the underworld.
Enter the poem by clicking on the tree at the end of the world. To begin your journey, choose a sailboat. Explore the pōhutukawa blossoms; click on a new sailboat from time to time; and don't forget the moon. Every reader's pathway will create a different poem. To end your journey, leap away [click Exit].
Click here for the Ka mate ka ora version
© Helen Sword 2009