The Perpetual Tears of Hela

By KOIVI R BIWA – 28 March 2021, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude

Once no cries were heard nor bitter tears shed,
This time when ancients and babes mingled calm,
Love and respect were their constant companions,
When no one stood bewildered by enmity or anger

But it happened that the tuneful war cries sounded,
Heard, known, accepted by all far and near,
Wigmen danced fluidly to the beat of the kundu,
Warrior elegance betrayed the combat ahead

The misty crags echoing their voices as one,
But they knew bliss to be imminently broken,
They felt the hope being ripped from the realm
And saw a world emerge that was full of hate

Then the mystic voice heard from Iepa Kulama,
Its spirit enfolding the loops of the earth,
And even its harsh shrieks were not infinite
Some glimpses still there of a blossoming hope

Moments that burst into Spring’s adoration,
A time to embrace an old man’s words,
Not everything now dim misery or mystery
The hope of Hela writ bright on our souls

His every eye seeing the contemptible moments,
His knowing life’s not always impartial and just
But peace and accord exalt in him always, the
God who heeds the perpetual tears of Hela

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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