Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Introduction


At the age of three
I learned to sing,
in times of need,
a short plea,
meaning
Oh yes carry me
up to the door of
heaven:
Aia `E lawe au
`a puka `o ka
hale a la`a.

[Pele]

I also learned
that your magic
will only work for you
if you practice it daily,
that Mana ebbs and flows
naturally,
but that the law of `uku
is supreme:
the sea eventually lies down
and the world WILL be
stood upright,
easily now,
or
painfully later.

 
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Wes Browning
image: "Pele" acrylic painting by Wes Browning