PNG, lest we forget

A poem by Jason Paisoi

Our freedom was given on a golden plate, 
The colloquial, land of the unexpected, we mustn't contemplate, 
It's the richness of our land that we are now free to celebrate, 
Our natural resources are a wise discretion, independence was forged on that date.

Clothed with evincive patriotism, Our dreams were respected, 
As our patriarchs, in their strive, were excellent dreamers, mandated. 
The "Land of the Unexpected", merely boasts excuses for our political aspirations, 
For we shouldn't boast of the colloquial when evaluating malpractices.

Papua New Guinea, we've learned to say it without a conjunction, 
So lest we forget the selfless determination and hard work to unite Papua and New Guinea, 
From the highlands to the lowlands and the islands,
We shout and celebrate as Papua New Guinea. 

Let's celebrate and embrace our dreams of a better nation. 
Let's reflect and trace their dreams of a better Papua New Guinea, 
Let's not deflect the true spirit of Independence, a father's plea, 
Lest we forget, nothing is given on a golden plate. 

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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