Mere & Child - Penny Howard
Rahera Walter , is of Maori descent from Kaikohe/Kutarere but was raised in Otara, South Auckland. She is currently in her second year of studying Creative Writing at MIT. She can be found on a bus or train, scribbling on scraps of paper or her limbs.
Black Dog im jus bitch shitted out of black black dog black dog dat's wah he sez wen he choke rope around neck, dat nowun wants scraps ta bring da flies dat nowun wants ta deal wif mess so he chuck me behind shed where no one could see nose lowered unda dirt ears jammed behind hurt World neva hear me whine got flicked away wif whisper trampled unda owner but he neva see me neva see ma eyes unbroken smashed everyfing else he broked ma everi bone, delicate started from da fingers he broked ma soul, delicate started from da beauty somefing dat neva knew me cos' i wore ugly on ma coat dat's wah he sez half a century i laid ma nose unda poison man had nofing, he picked me empty to da way i brushed hair to da way i smiled blue to da way i sez ma thought to da way i stand in shoe but he didn't see ma eyes and he not know that i read, i read, i read, ya know wif every page turn i lick all da pages and it becomes me i not dumb i beautiful dog i am, i am, i am, and he not dog he not human he Mean.