Bosco Uraliu gives us a father’s advice, poetically

A poem entered in the Mini-Poetry competition for World Environment Day, 2022

A Father’s Advice on Land

The excellent photo below was taken by Sydney Bahrt / Science Photo Library

A Father’s Advice on Land

In the cover of childhood innocence,
With a mind ever so stainless,
Instilled, is a father’s wisdom,
A sincere guide for ‘im.

“The source of our being, are three;
Our ancestral bloodline,
Our ancestral culture, and
Our ancestral land.”

“The two former depend on the latter,
Our bloodline and culture,
Thrive because of our land,
For without, the two may not exist.”

“Look! this here is black soil,
It is mixtures of volcanic ash,
Sweat, blood and tears of our ancestors,
The symbolization of our pain and our pride.”

“It is in our skin… It is who we are.
Don’t be afraid nor seek validation to toil.
This is home… This is where we belong.
Never forget that, my son!”

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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