Vance Solmien laments for the land, for home and family

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

IMage by Rocky Roe: A close-up of forest diversity in Papua New Guinea
Poem by Vance Solmien

My Home, My Family

What has happened to my home and my family?
My heart is troubled and my soul laments in anguish and sorrow.
My land is in bitter sorrow and mourning,
In losing her beloved sons and daughters.

The streets are not the same,
There’s no smile, joy and laughter.
The trees bow down and weep,
The birds sing in a distant and unknown tongue in lament.

The morning sun hides behind the clouds.
The eastern wind sweeps over and shuffles the silent landscape and
breaths into my sorrow-filled nothingness.
Whispering a silent huss giving little comfort.
The evening wind whispers and the Kumul sing a serenade,
The dogs howl in the depth and stillness of the night,

The northern breeze chills my soul,
The morning light brings a beacon of hope,
I look to the North I find no answer,
I look to the South I find no answer,
I look to the East; there too, I find no answer.
I look to the West, even there, I find no answer.

But I know,
He knows where I am,
When I am through all these,
I will come out like gold purified in the furnace of affliction.

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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