Three young students give us their take on World Environment Day 2022

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

Ocean wave (Image from
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

How Ocean Currents Create Trash Islands and Impact Wildlife (Image from
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

How much trash is in the ocean and what can we do about it? (Image: World Economic Forum)
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

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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