Naomi Dubabagi’s poetic note from Mother-Earth

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

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The land, the birth giver            The sea once sanitary
Life-giver, she remains              Now filled with thick crude oil
Yet we toil                          We fear we might be short-lived
All she offers                       As marine life starts disappearing 				 
We use her			     The soil once full of life
For our own good		     laid barren
In a way			     From use of chemicals
We plot her death		     by lazy farmers

Air to breathe                       Broken bottles and squashed newspapers		
Food to survive                      Found on the surface of every grass
Home to live in                      Trees removed, cemented upon
Friends for fun                      no shade for generations to come

Yet that’s not enough                Very soon, all will be gone
We want more                         An extinction all men seem to ignore	
With greedy lusts                    A lifeless land with nothing more
We search for more                   than just mere men struggling to survive

We pollute the air                   She gave us all she had
With gases we create                 Like a mother to her child
Trying to kill ourselves             from birth to death
From lack of breath                  Mother earth remains

NAOMI DUBABAGI attends the Divine Word University, studying in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, PNG Studies and International Relations.

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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