I thought I had to stand on my whenua to be Māori,
But I know it lies waiting for me to come home, no doubt I am Māori. 

I thought I had to know my whakapapa to be Māori,
But I still feel my tīpuna guiding me, no doubt I am Māori. 

I thought I had to be brown to be Māori,
But my body is mesmerizing as I swing my poi, no doubt I am Māori. 

I thought I had to know my reo to be Māori,
But I use the voice I do have to speak for justice for my people, no doubt I am Māori. 

I thought I had to be loud to be Māori,
But powerful steps through my journey have been unuttered, no doubt I am Māori. 

I thought I had to be silent to be Māori, 
But there is nothing stronger than an outspoken Wahine, no doubt I am Māori. 

I thought I had to be strong to be Māori, 
But I carry the pain of my tīpuna with me through te ao Pākehā, no doubt I am Māori. 

I thought there was only trauma in being Māori, 
But I feel nothing but aroha when I am with my people, no doubt I am Māori. 

I thought it would be easy to be Māori, 
But I feel like the world is working against me, no doubt I am Māori. 

I thought it would be hard to be Māori,
But it is as easy as breathing. 

I am Māori, I don’t have to be anything other than me. 


Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Leave a Reply

Related posts

No Doubt I Am Māori

I thought I had to stand on my whenua to be Māori,But I know it lies waiting for me to come home, no doubt I

Privilege vs Covid

A sour taste left in the mouths of many, and one that is very topical this week as COVID-19 fatigue takes hold to the point

To vax or not to vax?

There’s no denying it’s the hot topic at the moment – to vax or not to vax. Here in Aotearoa, many are still reeling at