KIWI DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

on the first day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
a kereru in a loquat tree

on the second day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the third day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the fourth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
four flitting fantails
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the fifth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
five hawks a-swooping
four flitting fantails
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the sixth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
six diving dolphins
five hawks a-swooping
four flitting fantails
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the seventh day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
seven white-bait swimming
six diving dolphins
five hawks a-swooping
four flitting fantails
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the eighth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
eight cruising kiwis
seven white-bait swimming
six diving dolphins
five hawks a-swooping
four flitting fantails
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the ninth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
nine Mayors dancing
eight cruising kiwis
seven white-bait swimming
six diving dolphins
five hawks a-swooping
four flitting fantails
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the tenth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
ten swinging maidens
nine Mayors dancing
eight cruising kiwis
seven white-bait swimming
six diving dolphins
five hawks a-swooping
four flitting fantails
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
eleven pairs of jandels
ten swinging maidens
nine Mayors dancing
eight cruising kiwis
seven white-bait swimming
six diving dolphins
five hawks a-swooping
four flitting fantails
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

on the twelfth day of Christmas

my true love gave to me
twelve hakas leaping
eleven pairs of jandels
ten swinging maidens
nine Mayors dancing
eight feathered kiwis
seven white-bait swimming
six diving dolphins
five hawks a-swooping
four flitting fantails
three Pohutakawa
two singing tuis
and a kereru in a loquat tree

© Maureen Sudlow

 

 

 

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