Suns and Laughters

15 NOVEMBER 2020

GREGORY BABLIS

PORT MORESBY

The sun rises at dawn
It peaks at noon
Then descends until hidden
A continuous cycle
Steadfast in its continuity.  
Laughter is food to the soul
It nourishes and warms the heart
It makes one feel younger 
in old age
And gives an air of experience 
when young.
Ever notice
How closely semantically related
And characteristically related
Sun is to son
And laughter is to daughter?
Sun is one letter change away
From son
Laughter is one letter change away
From daughter.
To all sons and daughters
Who are the strength and nourishment
Of their parents,
May the sun
Continue to shine on you
And laughter fill your days.

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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