On a sunset

What does it take to make a cloud bleed
Suspended, pregnant, over the bay?
What magnitude of death is required
to paint the hills in dusky pink and rose?

What form of blow must we levy
to drown Mātiu in waves
to make the harbour slosh from side to side?

Perhaps one day we'll figure it out
stand upon Kaukau and proclaim

"We knocked the bugger off."