The three poem entrees were sent in by Ms. Patricia Martin from Port Moresby International School. Ms. Martin is an English/Literature teacher who also engages in national and international poetry and writing competitions. Ples Singsing is proud to have captured the attention of POMIS through this mini-poetry competition and we look forward to reading more writing contributions from their students. Enjoy these lively and revealing poems, which demonstrate depth of feeling and clarity of thought about the natural environment which is Papua Niugini’s great endowment.
ASHWIN GURURAJ is 13 years old and is in class 8.1
Ashwin Gururaj Endless Ocean Calming, soothing, quiet, that is what it is like around the ocean. All kinds of creatures yet to be discovered. I want to live and take a survival potion. Around the splashing waves, and the bright reflection. It sure is a beautiful endless ocean. Although, it still needs a little perfection. Sometimes filled with trash, we hope that’s not there, but we are the ones who cause it, which means we are unfair. The ocean helps us a lot, but we do nothing in return. We can give it a gift, and to do that we have to learn.
TYRONE MURIKI is 15 years old and is in class 8.5
Tyrone Muriki The earth that I will fight for! Look at what throwing trash without second thought has done. We've left our mess all over the place. Now, our seas are literally polluted. We’ve left scars on the oceans face. Stop littering and dumping waste. Animals die from plastic and that’s a fact. The environment needs our concern and our respect. Do you see our trees now? Habitat loss and deforestation. We need to save the trees and help out with conservation. Lush vegetation we have; trees bright and tropical. In it live animals. Each one either big or small. Yumi mas pasim han na sanap wantaim. The nation should be shaken by my voice, because if I were to be a person in power, I would teach all, a good environmental choice.
RUBY RUTANA is 18 years old and is in class 12.3
Ruby Rutana Where do we stand? Where do we stand in this time of trouble? When the rates of co2 emissions begin to double, When a habitat is lost because of men’s livelihood, When an animal is endangered in replacement of food, When indigenous species are at extinction because we kill, When factories pollute the oceans through oil spill, When climate change has dramatically increased, When the government call on conservation to be ceased, When beaches are filled with rubbish and plastic, When bush fires become much more drastic, When the sea level rises momentarily to the bay, And the islands in the pacific remain sunken to this day, When the burning of fossil fuels creates smog in the atmosphere, When animals begin to hide in starvation and fear, So, let’s work together hand in hand In this time of trouble to make a stand