eeks, I have been doing too much NZ research!
I'll settle for fixing my drywall terracing and plumbing and electricity!
Today I am grateful for hot water.
“He aha te mea nui o tenei ao? Maku e kii atu, He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!.................... You ask what is the most important thing in this world? I will tell you: It is people, it is people, it is people!”..................... Maori proverb
Night is o'er (this place), and the winds are still;
Jasmine and honeysuckle steep the air;
Softly the stars that are all Europe's fill
Her heaven-wide dark with radiancy fair;
That shadowed moon now waxing in the west
Stirs not a rumour in her tranquil seas;
Mysterious sleep has lulled her heart to rest,
Deep even as theirs beneath her churchyard trees.
Secure, serene; dumb now the night-hawk's threat;
The guns' low thunder drumming o'er the tide;
The anguish pulsing in her stricken side....
All is at peace....But, never, heart, forget:
For this her younges, best, and bravest died,
These bright dews once were mixed with bloody sweat.
"Peace" from Memory and Other Poems (1938)