He sings at night, to whomever listens
A call from the Gods, a signal to heed
Take note, it is time for loved ones to pass
Prepare, be ready, three days you will need
The trill is clear, commands instant attention
Who will it be, which whanau of mine
We lay and we listen whilst ponder of whom
The end of a life has come, it is time
Maori people believed that if the Ruru (Morepork) sung near your window at night, it was a message from the Gods letting you know that someone close to you has just died. Having experienced this many times, whilst the Ruru sung, I’d lay in the dark paying silent respect to the soul that was passing.
It’s a very moving moment.