My Sister Celest

STEPHANIE ALOIS | Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude 05 April 2021

So I’ve said nothing, nothing at all
about our Celest. Maybe you heard?
My sister’s such a disappointment.
She goes off to school each day
in hope of a future bright and bold,
Then comes home full of complaint
about clothes, stationery, friends, money.

Alas! She spends like a true princess,
my sister, the real live money sucker.
When I offer advice, she seems to listen,
but when out of sight is again Miss Foolish
Then cries because she got all messed up
spoiling things like she’s alone in pain.

Oh, how mother tries to discipline but
my sister soon tires of corrections.
To her it sounds just like harsh reproach.
She believes it’s parenting gone wrong.
Well, now she has a child in her womb.
Father walks around, head held low.
Oh, what a shame, Celest so selfish.

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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