We are the sentinels, watching and waiting Heads in the cloud, and our feet in the sea We've stood seven million years, endlessly patient Witnessed arrivals, by sky or by sea Of all the newcomers, plant life or animal Most come exhausted and barely survive Each one we welcomed, as they settled, expanded Until the grey day when the ship rats arrived Now gone, native blackbird, my fantail, my fly-eater Gone are the birds that once flew through the green Gone, Epiglypta, gone, my Magnifica Soon Pseudocharopa, too, no more will be seen So to our people, we call you to help us now You who've trod lightly our hills and our shores Other invaders have entered our paradise You've risen against them and fought for our cause Goats, pigs and cats are gone, weeds are a battleground Join the last fight now and help us win free You brought this scourge on us, help us defeat it The loss if you don't will resound endlessly Now gone, native blackbird, my fantail, my fly-eater Gone are the birds that once flew through the green Gone, Epiglypta, gone, my magnifica Soon Pseudocharopa, too, no more will be seen Gone is my boobook owl, near gone is my phasmid Others are struggling so hard to survive Barely existing, their lives in the balance Help us this day... and keep them alive
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