Green Dress

By Clare Wedu- Kokinai

I lay covered
in my green dress
my favorite, yes!
shades of green
cover my skin

fern green laces tickle my chin
forest green neckline is keen
show off my beautiful sleeves
myrtle green mountain peaks
rush down the flat grassland
you will find my warm body
beneath cool mints of pool

my waist is covered
under green fibers
my arms spread open
like welcoming mother
my legs cross and
soak in aquamarine seawater

LISTEN!
Someone’s tearing
my green dress
pulling off the hem

He’s not my wantok so
I’ll tokaut
The stranger
I’m in danger

Stop tearing my green dress
It’s my priceless green dress
twisted and twinned with
fibers of pine

viridian and persian
teal, turquoise, tanned
light green, moss green
midnight green, lawn green,
screamin, thyme and lime

I’m scared of being left
stripped
raped
naked

LEAVE MY GREEN DRESS
MY FOREST !


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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