Papua New Guinea mourns

Joseph Tambure

March 12 2021, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude

Sir Michael Somare

PNG mourns its Grand Chief
An East Sepik man
Devoted to family
A peace loving man
With wisdom unchallenged

PNG mourns its Grand Chief

As good leaders do, he fought
With his brothers bonded as one
People from mountains, swamps, seas
Though some were against
Leaders don’t surrender to frailty

PNG mourns for its Father

He led with determination to rid
Racism, discrimination, servanthood
Wanted children to learn,
And to explore the world
What is ours must remain ours forever

PNG mourns for the Grand Chief of Chiefs

For such a great Grand Chief
Ten million people and
Eight hundred cultures
Mourn in diverse ways
To salute, respect and honour him

PNG was born as a country
With you as father
As honourable chief for so long
Now close your tired eyes on us
You peacefully served so long on

PNG mourns for Papa Sana

May you know in your spiritual life
The country you fathered and groomed
Will live to eternity free, and proud,
That was your very desire, your dream
Our Great Grand Chief will be remembered
As as long as our flag freely flies

PNG Grand Chief, rest in peace

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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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