Environment and its Wealth

Grade 12 Guba Crossan of Kila Kila Secondary School reading a poem he wrote to celebrate World Environment Day 2022 at the APEC haus

By Guba Crossan

Environment, More than Trees and Animals

If the Environments are the things that surround us, then why harm it?

Why cut the trees, when all they do is provide you shade?

Why pollute the sky, when all it does display God’s work of art?

Why complain about hot, when the sun does is shine on you during the day?

Why curse the moon, when all it does is give light at night?

The Environment is so much more than trees and animals.

You search for beauty in people and things,

without knowing beauty is all around.

You say, ‘I love adventures’

Yet you hurt nature.

You say, ‘Lions and Tigers are beasts’

But you are the one disturbing their peace.

You say, ‘the city looks so beautiful’

But beautification is the natural world without pollution.

You say, ‘sharks are monsters’

But you are the one invading their home.

The Environment is so much more than trees and animals.

You’d rather sleep under electric lights than to sleep under the moonlight.

You’d rather use fans and air conditioners than to feel the cool breeze that blows all day long.

Everyday, the birds sing hymns

But you choose to listen to the noises made by humans.

You wait patiently for the flowers to bloom

But you ignore their cry when they need water.

The Environment is so much more than trees and animals.

You appreciate the meat but not the animal

You appreciate the wool but not the sheep

You appreciate the glass but not the sand

You appreciate the house but not the trees

You appreciate the wall but not the rocks

Everything, you have is made from the environment.

Yet you appreciate the thing and not the thing it’s made of

You appreciate the sun when it helps the trees.

But curse it when it gets too hot.

When the clouds are bright and happy,

You complain when they cry,

You don’t appreciate the rain.

The Environment is so much more than trees and animals.

The environment is like a sunset on a cloudy day, breath taking when you pay attention

And just like a rose, through it is covered with thorns the beauty still stands.

They say, ‘you don’t know what you have until it’s gone’

One day, you will miss the environment.

Reuse what you use to appreciate the environment when it’s used.

Reduce the harming of the Environment and you will see the use of the environment.

Recycle what you have to appreciate the cycle of what it has.

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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