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A poem for departing the house of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II

By Michael Dom

Dieu et mon droit, Elizabeth Regina

Elizabeth the Great, dieu et mon droit
Elizabeth Regina, peace not might
Your Majesty, you were our one true Queen
A queen that it was our honor to have seen
You kept your faith and so your people too
Could learn to endure and try to be true 
A life of service was what you declaimed
But will we your people dare to reclaim 
Dignity, humility and duty  
As you so valiantly had maintained
Those simple virtues which we shun today
For seventy years you had kept your word
And bequeathed us with a greater empire,
Our Commonwealth of Nations, shall aspire

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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