Post-hoc poem dedication to Francis Sina Nii

Yesterday we dreamed


Ten years ago on September 15 the inaugural Crocodile Prize awards ceremony was held at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby. That was the first time I met Francis.

Ples Singsing is inspired by his selfless example as a senior writer, poet, essayist, editor and publisher who helped many PNG writers from Simbu achieve their dreams of presenting their work and publishing their own books.

I remember Francis Nii and this happening right here is not a fanciful dream, we keep it real.

Francis Nii. A full collection of his writing is available as free download and purchase of a hard copy can be arranged via PNG Attitude blog
Yesterday we dreamed 

It was not so long ago
less even than a lifetime or so
when our nation was so young
and our history had just begun

Then, they stood them all 
forefathers tall 
and blessed us 
with an anthem song

We forward went, hither sent 
each tribe and clan
in this proud Melanesian land
every son and daughter born 
united we did stand 
with transient shackles shorn 
as a new day did dawn

Did then we dare to dream 
and transcend as one
Have our ancestors been told 
how far we have come?

What do we tell of,
what praise, what glory,
that children will hear 
as pleasant bedtime stories?

Our Guardians now indulge 
in self-serving histrionics
while idle sons 
and beleaguered daughters 
survive on informal economics

Where now, the integrity of Chiefs
that they may bless us truly
where too, the vigor of youth
that will ensure a victory?

How now our mothers and children 
bear the brunt of brutality
when we fail to act rightly

What future lies in our hands?
Who will fulfill this people’s destiny?

O arise all ye sons of this land
Let us sing of our joy to be free…
Only yesterday we dreamed
Let us sleep no more

Penned September, 23 2007, published in Oh Arise! (2014) and available online at Amazon

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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