Saya Atase hears Mother Earth

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

Gaia: The Complete Guide to Greek Mother Earth (Image: Mythology Source)
What are you doing?
Where are you going?

My child
What are you doing?
Where are you going?
I sculptured lush rainforests for you
Scattered them skillfully on your mountain tops to the flat plains
So you can breathe
so you can live
I painted magnificent bodies of waters for you
filling them with a vast array of
A body of beautiful creatures
Great and small
To eat, to see
to sustain life
I plowed the land for you
hiding precious gems and treasures
And gave you fertile soil
that you may exploit
But not as much
to help you
that you may live comfortably
My child
What have you been doing?
Where have you been going?
I can't breathe properly
the air is too polluted
The waters are rising
My islands are sinking
The rainforests
The beautiful creatures
The precious gems and treasures
They're all gone
My child!
What have you done?
Where are you going to go?

SAYLINE SAYASE ATASE is a second year student at the University of Papua New Guinea School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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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