Sorcerer – a poem

Raymond Sigimet | Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude

The ancient fire burns
through time immemorial
smoke puts him in a trance

And he struts
And dances
And chants
He’s in pain
He’s in misery

Shackled by these mysteries
the pain pleases him not
His dignity that of a fallen angel
cast out from taboos and secrecy

To walk in the shadows and dark
too see things no naked eyes see
to cast and curse and command at will

Stick to snake
Night to day
Shape to form
He’s the devil
He’s a god

A misfit who once held high ground
feared by the powers that be
But now covered in ash and soot

Black soot, not of mourning
But of loss and banishment
Stripped naked by the uninitiated
Whose eyes cannot see the pain
Nor the powers he possessed

So he prowls with a vengeance
and leaves no stone unlifted
As he stalks and captures
his unsuspecting victims

The guilty
The misfits
The haughty

Only then he becomes free
Sin washed away in penance
Free of his pain and misery

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.

One thought on “Sorcerer – a poem

  1. Michael Dom wrote, on PNG Attitude: ”

    “This has the smoky, charred and flamelit essence of Steven Winduo’s The Dancer.

    This Sorcerer may find a home at Ples Singsing.

    Salim em ikam.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: