By Fiada Kede
First place World Environment Day Poetry
My name is Fiada Kede. I’m from Eastern Highlands Province currently residing in Port Moresby.
I love reading poems. What I love about poems is the way the ordinary things are expressed in an extraordinary way. When I read poems, it gives me a new sense of seeing things.
When I first saw the flyer of the mini-poetry competition I thought I was not eligible for the competition since I ‘m not a student or in that age category for that matter. But then, I realize that what’s important is not our age or eligibility. What’s important is expressing our thoughts and views freely when it comes to this kind of topic/issues as it affects all of us irrespective of who we are or what we do.
I thank Ples Singsing for the creating the platform where Papua New Guineans can unleash their potential and develop their creativity.
In that Paradise As free as the wind No zoo, never confined Paradise birds take flight Without plight In that Paradise As clear as the crystal Unblighted, bountiful and admiral Were the oceans Teeming with billions In that Paradise As thick as the clouds Enshrouded with un-numbered crowds Were the forest Untouched from the rest In that Paradise Oh alas! As dumb as the numb Was she, till the oceans blighted with scum In the name of development He threw his environment in devolvement Of that Paradise Oh Arise! As tall as the tree-stand tall Dear compatriots, for tis our call To manage, nurture and protect To replant, recycle and reuse- that never neglect For that paradise
Em Maikel Dom emi tanim Tok Pisin
Long dispela Paradise
Emi stap free olsem win Nogat zoo, ino bin kalabus Paradise pisin ikirap Inogat hevi Long dispela Paradise Olsem glas bilong wara Nogat mosong, karim na mangal Em ol solwara I pulap na pulap turu Long dispela Paradise Emi paspas olsem klaut Na karamapim giraun olsem bikpela kibung Em bus ibin istap Taim nogat wanpela han i holim Long dispela Paradise Oh sore! Mauspas olsem ston Em meri iet, igo inap pipia pulapim solwara Na developmen emi as bilong en Em man iet i bagarapim giraun long development Bilong dispela Paradise Olgeta kirap! Sanap olsem diwai igo antap Ol gutpela poro, em singaut ikam long yumi Long lukautim, kamapim, na putim was Long kirapim bek, givim igo bek gen na gen – inoken lusim nating gen Dispela paradise