‘The crimson Maori warrior Tawhaki and his brother Karihi marched to the underwater home of the Ponaturi tribe to avenge their father’s death . Urutonga , their captive mother was the door keeper of the Ponaturi tribe’s night abode on land called , Manawa-Tane. Overjoyed to see her sons , she advised them to wait and let the sun’s ray burn the Ponaturi tribe alive. Their deceased father’s bones hanging on the roof of Manawa- Tane, rattled with happiness to see his slayers reduced to lifelessness.’ ‘According to another Maori legend, the crimson Pohutukawa flowers represent Tawhaki’s blood . ‘
‘Sorry about the detour’ , the tour guide said .
The spectacular grandeur of the confluence of Tasman sea and the Pacific Ocean as viewed from Cape Reinga made Sheila feel thankful for having undertaken the lone adventure on Kiwi islands with kayaking ,sandboarding, snorkeling experiences as medals for her leap of faith .
Sheila bid good bye to the Maori spirits journeying through the roots of the  800 year old venerated Pohutukawa tree, into the ocean before finally  entering their ancestral homeland of Hawaiiki-A-Nui.


Word count- 175

Written for flash fiction for aspiring writers, based on this week’s photo prompt . Thanks to priceless joy for hosting the challenge.

This week’s photo prompt is provided by TJ Paris. Thank you TJ!


Pohutukawa trees: Iconic Christmas trees of New Zealand, bearing vibrant crimson flowers .

Maoris: The native Polynesian people of New Zealand

Cape Reinga :is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula , at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand.



22 thoughts on “Journeys

  1. I’m intrigued by Sheila’s ‘leap of faith’. It gives the story a definite edge. The emotional implication seems to be that in some way, possibly even by drowning herself at Cape Reinga, she seeks union with the spirits of the Maoris. Is she, perhaps, a descendant of them?

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    • Thanks so much for reading and commenting, dear Penny . Appreciate it. I hadn’t thought about the two aspects that you have mentioned above . But they could certainly make the story more interesting . Sheila being a descendant of the Maoris and her thought on union with spirits of the Maoris . Thanks for your precious inputs , Penny . 🙂🙂💕

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