Esigu: Policeman, Leader, Governor

04 NOVEMBER 2020


Inspired by the leadership and politics of Sir John Guise as revealed in the recently released ‘Palace Letters’

Guise head

Oh Diprose
For a businessman
You were too verbose
Speaking out of line
When it was not your place
Brought back in line
By a bigman of our times.

A letter to irk
Supposedly on behalf of Errk
Telling Esigu
His duties he should not shirk
You had Kerr
We had Esigu
The monarchy reigns
With long tentacles
Lurking everywhere.  

But Esigu shuns not his duties
He patrolled his lands
As a policeman
Walking among his people
Walking with his people
Respect he was given

A leader among his people
Guised as royal representative
But do not be fooled
Do not be misguided
For underneath the governor’s guise
Is Esigu’s true “guise”
Of a leader for his people
And his people alone
For them he speaks
And only by them
Will any failures be atoned.


This poem first appeared on 23 July 2020 on PNG Attitude at

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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