By Lorna Saguba

‘Bride Price’
Is your WORD, your DEFINITION!
Not our Language,
Your perception,
Instilled in our people,
Twisted our reactions,
 Sold as our TRUTH,
And yet, ‘Bride price’ is not our Word, 
our Language.
About UN-CHERISHED lives.
Your Perception. 
Our Language,
Our perception,
In realizing GAIN and recognizing VALUE,
With cheerful reactions,
Stands as our TRUTH,
Wives’ lives not about price tags,
Our Language,
About CHERISHED lives,
Our perception. 

© Lorna Saguba 2021

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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