HONORING GRAND CHIEF SIR MICHAEL THOMAS SOMARE

TOKSAVE OLSEM PLES SINGSING BAI PAS NA SANAP NATING LONG MUN MAS DEI NAMBA 1 IGO INAP 12 LONG MAKIM DAI BILONG SANA, BIKMAN NA LIDA BILONG OLGETA PAPUA NIUGINI LONG FEBRUARI 26 2021

Ples Singsing mourns the passing of this Founding Father of Papua Niugini.

Sana, Bikman, Lida

 O Sana, bai mi tok wanem, Bikman
 Anutu tasol save gut long yu
 Kamap bilo yu na taim bilo go daun
 Em iet i makim pinis laip bilong yu
  
 Papa blo mi iet luksave long yu
 Tasol mi bikhet olsem ol wel pik
 Na kros pait long laik bilong Anutu
 Mi sot long pasin blong yu na wokmak
  
 Ating narapela bai inapim 
 Pasin na wokmak bilong yu, Sana
 Nau mi wari long bai yumi lukim 
 Dispela wanbel pasin blong Lida
  
 Sapos bel tingting istap wantaim yu
 Papua Niugini bai kamap strong tru
  
  
 Sonet 27, created February 27, 2021
  
  
English translation

 Sana, Bigman, Leader
 
O Sana, what can I say, Bigman
 God alone knows you through and through 
 The time of your rise and of your fall
 He alone had marked the span of your life
  
 My own father gave recognition to you
 But I was big headed like a wild pig
 I was angry against the will of God
 I cannot match your ways or your works
  
 Perhaps someone else may match
 Your ways and your works, Sana
 Now I am worried if we will ever see
 This unifying way of a Leader
  
 If our feeling and thought is one with yours 
 Papua New Guinea will become a strong country 

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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