Mud Woman

STEPHANIE ALOIS | Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude 31 March 2021

She smells of Goroka coffee
in the perfume she wears each morning
What a beautiful way to start a day
Made of strawberry and honey
It’s difficult to resist her charms
Hooked on her explosive personality

A taste of wine in her presence
Spending more time with her
Leads to loving her even more
It’s difficult not to laugh at her jokes
Or her wicked sense of humour
She’ll get you thinking, she never cries

Her soul white as Asaro clay
She’s a magnet, yet so hard to get
It’s difficult to really know her
But when you do, you have a life friend
Strong, loyal, never backs down
No fear or anxiety, she’s always on top

She has a way of making her presence felt
When she’s in a room the talking stops
Impossible to break her confidence
Because she’s smart and full of sense
She is an angel among us mortals
My goodness, she’s a mud woman.

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2 thoughts on “Mud Woman

  1. Mud woman, Stephanie has captured in this short but evocative shrift, the essence of the very nature of the conservative down to earth Goroka woman no better than it can be or should be said. I have said similar when it appeared in PNG Attitude. Writers and poets from Eastern Highlands are a rarety and I applaud Stephanie for stepping out. bbina

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