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Mother

Janette Hoppe's poetry is a reflection of her Australian and New Zealand Maori heritage. Her spoken word poetry is like a fine wine and improves with time. Her tanka and haiku have been published in journals internationally.

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Mother I heard your cries
I heard the stories of all their lies
And how they told you in the school yard
There was no need for your nigger tongue here
Mother I heard your cries

Mother I heard your screams
And I remember you trying to stop me
from chasing my dreams of getting an education
or as you called it indoctrination
Mother I heard your screams

But I had a dream
I had a dream to be a poet
To speak, to sing, to be heard
To share my nigger tongue
with the rest of the world
Mother, I had a dream.

I had a dream to be a poet
to inform, to inspire, to educate
to why my nigger tongue is needed here
Mother, I had a dream.

And in this dream we spoke
And in this dream we sung
And in this dream we did it all in our nigger tongue
And the world listened
And the world rejoiced
And the world understood the need for our nigger tongue here
for our Mother tongue here –

Mother this is why you are needed here.

 

Artists Statement

Mother is a spoken word piece that explores racism and is written about my Mother who not allowed speak her mother tongue.  Since post colonisation Maori culture has become male dominated and it is classed as disrespectful for women to speak in front of a crowd and especially in front of men; that is why I made this a spoken word piece.  This has not been published but was performed in The Australian Poetry Slam 2013.

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  1. Correction – it was Arabs, not specifically Palestinians, who enasthiasuictlly oppressed and slaughtered Jews throughout the middle east. It was Palestinian Arabs who enthusiastically oppressed and slaughtered Jews throughout the Palestine Mandate.

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