Coviet-Straggler in Paradise

21 December 2020


 Is this the death of progress? 
 Or the progression of death? 
 NCO – New COVID Order
 A Trojan-horse 
 For NWO – New World Order
 Stuck in purgatory
 A perpetual limbo
 Is this the new normal? 
 Niupla Pasin protocol. 
 But who knew?
 WHO knew is who knew
 Better late and slow 
 Than not being in the know
 Now we all know
 What WHO knew
 So don’t be ignorant 
 Don’t be a Covidiot!  
 Out with the old
 And in with the new
 Replace the old new
 With the new new 
 Can’t move forward
 Can’t fall back
 What becomes of the morrow? 
 Spiraling out of control 
 On a convoluted trek 
 When questions are the answers 
 And answers are questions
 Then there are no true answers!
 So we all become dancers
 To the W-H-O track.
 Nowhere to go 
 But the bounds of home 
 The city limits 
 Or in my mind I roam 
 Biding time
 Until I must bite the bullet 
 And make a move 
 Without committing a crime. 
 I’m a Coviet-straggler
 Left behind
 A stationary hustler  
 Going nowhere fast
 Looking forward 
 Yet caught in the present
 Can the future ever be
 As bright as a COVID-free past?  

This poem was originally published on 28 July 2020 on PNG Attitude at and later on the Oceania journal on 16 December 2020 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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