NEW POEM: Tala

BY TATTIANA ABOLA

 From the kitchen came an enchanting aroma;
 Cooked in the clay pot it thumped me to devour.
 No longer could I wait to be served a salver;
 Oh how I craved for the tala cooked on fire!
  
 The tala and chopped taro leaf;
 With diced pork liver, heart, and rib.
 Blended and boiled on the fire;
 The spices were added to produce a spicy flavor.
  
 My lunch to consume under the swaying palm trees;
 On my island home ’s white sandy beach.
 Served on big coconut shell chiefly for me;
 Consume me with taro, my delightful lunch favorably. 

Tala is “pork blood” in the Tawala language of Milne Bay province. It is a traditional dish cooked for any form of gathering when a pig is slaughtered. To not waste every part of the pig, its blood must also be cooked.

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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