Celebrate World Poetry Day with this magnificent poem by Kaija Aroga, author of Bill Belfast short stories
A late entry in the World Environment Day 2022 Mini-Poetry Competition, the adjudicator, Samoan poetess, journalist and dramatist, Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i, said that in this poem Ms. Aroga shows us how to avoid “the throng of environmental evangelism”.
This is a good poem.
We are one and the same The secret to loving everything Is to love just one thing When I saw him it was on a pale eve With the last of the light taking leave And so I loved the sunset that revealed him to me Along with the rain tree That sheltered the park on the night He looked may way and smiled at the sight Of whatever it was that amused Him enough to cast me a bemused Smile but it’s while the wind makes golden waves of the honey duke fields on sultry noon’s That I talk about him to the pale moon Then I love the way nature responds in silent whispers Like his voice: a hushed breeze that calms and the soul lingers To love the forests we tread and the mountains we hiked To wish no harm came to his coral reefs where we scuba dived To love one thing Is to love everything Because in the sand is his footprints And on the hilltops are the missing links That pointed me home To all the evergreen abodes he roamed So in loving him and everything else was to love the flowers he cherished And the others about to diminish To love the lands he traversed was to want them protected and conserved To say this is his history, this is his people, this is his heritage Is to say these are all mine too and I am proud of the same privilege To call this part of the southern sky his and my home And to want nothing more than for it to remain a pristine evergreen dome Being one and the same Though bearing different names His hands the coarse color of brown earth from which we were formed My womb the birthplace of generations yet to be born Our home a lush mass in an ocean of blue I know not the difference between me and you.
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Wow! I simply loved the poem, “We are one and the same”
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This poem is exceptional.
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