A Kokoda experience

Michael Dom

For the Gordon Secondary School Kokoda trekkers, September 1996

It’s tough, bloody hard work

Climbing mountains

Any kind of mountain

Whether it be Maguli Range

And the Golden Staircase

Or a mountain of homework

But once you’re at the top

It’s a fantastic feeling

And a magnificent view

It’s a long road we’re traveling on

And if you’re doing it by yourself

It’s a very lonely one

So look to your brother

He may need a hand with his pack

And look to your sister

You may need to carry her

On your back

Don’t worry about the pain

Or the dampness

And the drizzling rain

The night that’s so cold

Will soon grow old

Be brave be bold

Put one foot before the other

And keep your eyes on the track

Don’t even think about

The load on your back

‘Cause when you reach

The end of your journey

And you sit back

Relax and reminisce

You may just laugh

And say with a heartfelt wish

I’ll be back.

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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