Young NZ Writers Competition

Stella Stevens won first place in Senior Poetry category at

 the Young NZ Writer’s competition for her poem – ‘I am waiting for you.’

I am waiting for you.

In the shadow of the maunga

I am perched on the edge of the forest,

on the branch of the mighty kauri tree.

I slowly slide down the trunk and

hide amongst the ferns.

I see their silver underbellies glistening in the moonlight.

They bow their leaves to me in the wind as I slink past an aging kauri snail.

Its meat is of no interest to me so I continue bashing through the undergrowth.

What do you think of me?

I have a dark glossy coat that ripples in the breeze.

I am sly with a hooked tail,

like the curve of a koru.

I strip the trees of their growth.

I scramble, I scamper, I slink through the darkness.

I steal tree’s life.

I destroy Mother Nature.

Do you hear me as I shake branches?

Do you hear me crunching on the leaves of the rimu?

Do you hear my victory screech,

my grunts as I climb to the canopy?

My hiss to scare you off.

But some don’t hear my warning cry.

Some venture on in search of my blood.

I creep through the black,

across the gravel path.

Two blinding lights appear

from around the corner.

I freeze…

The lights stare at me.

I stare back with wide inky eyes.

I hear the sound of a gun.

I run.

I am darting through the bushes.



I flee until I reach the safety

of my kauri tree.

I am waiting for you.

To give up…

I have survived the hunt.

I have dodged death.

I am still alive.

The fight has been fought.

The victory has been won.

I am curled up in my tree

waiting for your return.

My place is to taunt you

and destroy your mighty forest.


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