shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Rapatahana is a Kiwi who lives and works in Hong Kong, with homes also in Pampanga, Philippines and in Aotearoa-New Zealand. He is published across several genre internationally.

Vaughan Rapatahana

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whakarongo ki te manu huia

[kei muri i te awe kapara he tangata ke, mana i te ao, he ma]

they took the land
they took the word
they took us
they took
it took
twice as long to come back
twice as long to remember
twice as long
many times to forgive
many times to forget
many times to
forget to

[listen to the huia bird -
behind the tattooed face a stranger lurks; he owns the world; he is white]