When the land you love shakes beneath your feet
and even rocks that look so solid
suddenly can shift because of a greater force, you wonder what is certain about your life anymore.
But the waves will still form and break
and the tides come and go.
The sea air is still tangy and refreshing. The sun warm and the sky blue on days like this one.
A wave surge hits the sea wall and exhilarates you with delight as salt water splashes your face.
It is ironic that nature means earthquakes here in Aotearoa but it is nature that we return to for solace and restoration of spirit and hope.