Topic: Through the eyes of... by Tayla

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Through the eyes of... by Taylor from Otumoetai Intermediate School was part of an entry by Room 17 into the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pā Poetry Poster Competition (2014).

Through the eyes of a Māori warrior


Bombs going off

Don’t want to die

I hope the plan goes right

What are they wearing?

Are our numbers too small?

What is the British plan?

Have we killed everyone?

Is it over?

What are they saying?

Why are they white?

Is my family okay?

Fear, prepared, frightened.


Through the eyes of a British soldier



What are they wearing?

Dead bodies everywhere


Ugly faces

People in pain

Bombs going off

Scared of being in a different country

How will the plan go?

Want to win

Why have they got dark skin?

What’s on their faces?

Why are they wearing feathers?

Homesick, shocked, tired, scared and frightened.

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