An hour by the Kepesia  Rocky Beach

By Alphonse M Huvi

Turubu, East Sepik Province –
I see the sea shore washed away like the bulldozer clearing the land
I watched in agony as the treasured trees nearby were washed away like logging taking place
Like a marbles clanging against each other, the pebbles rejoiced over the splashing salt water
Sea waves rushing towards the land like nobody’s business
Where have all the herons gone? 
Where were the eagles that flew high in the sky like the aeroplanes? 
Where are the sea weeds that were nutritious?

My face is sunbathed by the salt spray like lotion applied to my Amazon forest skin
My eyes looked longingly to the horizon like a compass searching for a lost ship
I am engrossed with the cool breeze surfing through my body like cleansing water
Where was the beautiful tallis shady tree that once stood here?
Where was that bent pandanus tree that had leaves hanging like ropes towards the sea?
Where was the magnificent coconut tree that I once quenched my thirst from its coconut juice? 

I caught sight of the brownish bush near the beach that looked like burnt forest
The naked trees standing barren without leaves like shameless beings
The natural surrounding becoming more transparent like a mirror 
Where was this once greenish beautiful environment?
Where are those pebbles like marbles of all shapes?
Where in the world are we heading to?   

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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