Topic: Through the eyes of... by Marco

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Through the eyes of... by Marco 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


I see guns, people dead, blood on the ground

Trees surrounding me.

Guns firing, people dying,

I hope I get home, I hope I don’t die

I am petrified,

I hope I don’t come face to face with the enemy

What do they look like?

I do wish I survive.


Through the eyes of a British soldier


I see guns firing, blood on the ground, trees

surrounding me, people dying

I hope I am not one of them who die

What will happen if I become face to face, will I run or fight

I hope I survive; I want to see my family

They are really ugly; their clothing is really different to ours.

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