God had a spear, his name was Sana

Michael Somare at Sogeri National High School, 1963

By TANYA ZERIGA ALONE – 15 March 2021, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude

Innocent, bright eyed; we blinked in the Stone Age and happened in the Modern Era.

Our forefathers could not have prepared us for this. How could they?

But God had a spear – Michael Thomas Somare was your name. SANA. Peacemaker.

Warrior pride was your inspiration. Proud. Unrepentant. Resilient.

Warrior spirit was your strength. Clear eye. Level head. Steadfast to your mission.

Chiefly heart was your power. Gentle. Humble. 

Melting tribal boundaries, shifting allegiance to a one nation, a one PNG.

Like a pukpuk, you sought no approval for our existence.

Like a kumul, you sought no permission to dance.

Like a kwila, you flourished despite the sharp axe of loggers.

With vision of a challenging future, you secured our freedom.

A chief looks beyond today and thinks of tomorrow. A warrior fights for the future. A father plants the fruit tree that will feed the unborn.

Truly you are the Grand Chief.

In your death, we glimpse your vision. In your death, we catch your dream.

As one nation we raise our voices with conviction: “O arise all you sons of this land, let us sing of our joy to be free…….”

Our obligation now is to your dream. Because you believed in us; your sons will arise.

We salute you Papa Somare. We thank you for securing our freedom.


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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