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Poems from Edward Grant-Gila Pulagis book Pieces of Time

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…

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…

The blackout curse that magic cannot fix

Keith jackson & Friends: PNA Attitude 13 October 2022 I call it a curse for many reasons but I won’t discuss them all. It’s a curse because it really doesn’t matter which government is in place or which CEO is appointed, no one – and I mean no one – has really addressed the blackout…

Highlighting the poetry of Lydia Gah

Behind the veil Melanesian Culture Shrouded behind the Mysticism of Melanesian culture, Lies an untouchable Monster. Racking lives of blossoming Roses, Once the pride of families, clans and tribes. Towering menacingly high above dark clouds, Onlookers simply and indifferently look on, As if paralysed knowing not what to do, For they say, “it is the…

Learning Tok Pisin: it’s harder than it looks

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude 02 October 2022 At first as I began to learn Pidgin, I thought, ‘This is easy. It’s a form of baby talk and there’s nothing to it’. I could not have been more mistaken DORIAN (DUSTY) NICOL| Unravel  | Edited CALIFORNIA – I arrived in Papua New Guinea in September 1980,…

Now at last, the return of the legendary Telek

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude 18 October 2022 In Kambek, Telek applies his hauntingly beautiful voice to traverse many musical styles and capture the spirit of the Tolai people. The album blends contemporary with Melanesian rhythms: the music enriched with island harmonies and textured environmental sounds MATTHEW FORD | Wantok Music MELBOURNE – George Mamua Telek, or…

Oro to this Place of War and Peace

Words by Gregory Bablis and Art by David Kepa This poem was originally published on 28 June 2022. It is republished here again with an artwork from a seasoned local artist from the Kokoda LLG. Oro da Oro da Oro da Biage Oro da Kaiva Welcome to this place Welcome to this place Welcome to…

Education

By Eleina Kepa, Grade 7, Gorari Primary School, Kokoda LLG, Sohe District, Oro Province Education oh education! Education build the nation Education is the future destiny Choose education to sow in Education reaps the harvest Success and happy life Oh Government of the day! Invest in human resources Empower our nation Take pride in education…

The Moon

By Sharol Taifa, Grade 8, Gorari Primary School, Kokoda LLG, Sohe District, Oro Province It looks like a flower Sits and smiles at night Softly rises, It keeps the mountains pale. Bright ruler of the heavens Come down and play with me Let me follow you to your house But you must bring me back!…

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