The book is dedicated to his brother, Albert T. Pulagis, and that act speaks volumes of the love of brothers.
A quote in the dedication offers us a meaningful message – “There comes a time when you will realise that the people who care about you the most are the ones that you spend less time with” – Grant-Gila.
In this collection, Edwards Christianity shines out like a ray of hope. And although he makes no mention of it in our communication, the poem An angel that went to Heaven, encapsulates the love he realised for his brother and the support he received from the young soul, now departed.
“He was never famous / Never glamorous / Left a void in my family / A life filled with dreams / An angel now in heaven”.
Edwards poems talk to us, they tell us a story, about his adventures, about his thoughts, his faith, and the love he finds.
I think, despite myself, that I like Edwards poems. They are not my preferred style of writing, but if writing was all about style, then I think that poetry would have gone out of fashion a long time ago.
I think I like Edwards poems because they have soul. They remind me of things that I may have otherwise forgotten. Simple things. Impotant things. Basic things. And that is not only comforting, it is hopeful.
Much like his conclusion in the book titles inspiring poem, A Moment in Time; “a moment in time / the best thing ever / was meeting you.
Poor critic that I am, I am glad to have met Edwards poems.
Here are two of them.
For your greatness lies in humility Father pick me up from this broken road, I want to follow in your footsteps beside the great stream of waters For your greatness lies in humility Father in my integrity, I walked in unrighteousness In great steps my path saw blindness With extinguishable strength you carry me for your greatness lies in humility In fleeting moments, I encountered darkness In terrible mistakes, I saw difficulties My soul bearing the scars of time There my pride led me to great humility In a world of unknown path Lord I pursue after your truth Bounded in your love and tranquility For your greatness lies in humility
Four men Four men in separable to each other, depaite difference are four, Remained united in heart forevermore Four men with a special love for each other, men under the test of time still remain strong, men of all seasons with character as solid as rock four men supported each other through life, ordinary men raised under difficult circumstances put through life's extreme conditions Four regions gave birth to Papua New Guinea Not the perfect family but a good country four brothers raised by British Father Four sisters raised by an Australian mother A mother's touch of love like a stroke of feather Not the perfect mother but a loving one Brothers are they, the Papuan Family in diversity are they, the Momasean Unity through many are they, the Highlander Land of abundance are they, the New Guinea Islander Born in 1975 are these four men, Four generations onwards Many sons & daughter they have raised Through the highs & lows they thrived to survive 40 years on the four men continue to stand firm This is an example to unite us all!