When I was a child, 1969
Matire Kereama (pencil, b.l.); Colin McCahon Sept 4 69 (pencil, b.r.)
When I was a child / no person died without / first asking about the / state of tbe tide. whether / it was full or low. People / always liked to die at low tide / because the tide had to be completely / out to enable them to reach / Te Rerenga Wairua.
EINGA ATU ANA HE / TETEKURA. E ARA / MAI ANA HE / TETEKURA
Climb Haumu Hill. Look / back look back to the land / you are leaving - / Raise your hand in farewell - / On Haumu hill look / Back. Raise your hand / in farewell / On Haumu hill on Haumu / hill
I TE PUKE-I-HAUMU - - - U / KA ARA MAI TO RINGA - - - A / HII HAU - - -MU - - - U - - - U - - - U
The text is from chapter 24 of Matire Kereama's The Tail of the Fish: Maori Memories of the Far North (Oswald-Sealy, Auckland, 1968).