This poem below was inspired by the work of Jo Tito. Jo declared that for every day in 2011, she would paint a rock a day for her creativity. This poem is released on day 214.
(By Marama Davidson)
She paints a rock a day for her creativity
And movement is born
From rocks, that are still
Kohatu groupies always waiting are we
Shamelessly for our fill
For every new day gifts a whole new surprise
What lines will she fly?
What colours? What size?
We delight in the kōrero too……………..
Each rock is enveloped by sweet dialogue
The whakaaro put up
Further tempts us along
It tempts to engage us, to ponder, to reflect
With kaupapa far ranging
Far reaching as you can get
Yet one of my favourite rocks
Came with no words
It simply sat, un-dialogued
But spoke so we all heard
Let us caution that word favourite
214 rocks have happened so far
214 rocks, each a star!
A star which is photographed
Painted and still
That photo uploaded for us all, for our thrill
The kohatu facebook groupie clicks ‘LIKE’
The Kohatu groupie
Observation will spike
From this observation I once questioned her lines…….
It seems our rock painter
Untrained she may be
Paints magnificent lines circles spirals – style free!
Whatever you call it
You better believe it
She paints this, she tells this
It is Brilliance no less!
Sometimes a sweet rock
Becomes koha for you
For a birthday, a wedding
Or just cos it’s due
That heralds the whole world around us
To spotlight emotions
That de-ground us
It is korero that takes us to political reflection
It is korero that journeys community collaboration
It is about before life/after-death and in between
Yet there remains 151 flippin rocks for the year
To be seen!
Kohatu painter embarks on her waka
And says to us all
“Me haere, kia kaha”
Inspiring, uplifting, poise and dignity
You rock, rock painter…….
Were we all to be that free!
A simple small act of painting and sharing
Seeps into our minds, our souls and our caring
I patiently wait for the rock of tomorrow………
Please visit the Jo Tito’s facebook page where you can view all of her rocks in her albums. Any remaining rocks can be purchased just contact Jo via facebook: