Haere Rā Red Dot Tree

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Haere Rā, Red Dot Tree

We’re sad to lose our Red Dot Tree -

home to families of fantails and a tumult of tui

home-base for a million games of chase

a billion hugs

a gazillion dappled daydreams.

We thought it would outlive us

carrying our marks and stories so future kids

could imagine us cruising the sky

on a low branch

while the dog barked underneath

but our tree was dangerous

and had to be cut down. Now we carry it

with us, how it felt and smelt and sounded

grainy bark, tender spring leaves

seed pods crunching beneath our feet,

now tall tales sprout like fungi

from a cut stump: of teacher-shocking possums

Mrs Farquhar’s secret chainsaw

and a dinosaur

who arrived in a time-machine.

Wairakei Primary’s RDT lives on

in stories and memories, while in the playground

there’s a new home-base for games of chase

billions of bugs, gazillions of games -

behold, the Red Dot Stump!

By Gillian Roach

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