A poem entered in the Mini-Poetry competition for World Environment Day, 2022
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 Graciously So you can breathe so you can live I painted magnificent bodies of waters for you filling them with a vast array of rainbows 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 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