Esigu: Policeman, Leader, Governor

04 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS Inspired by the leadership and politics of Sir John Guise as revealed in the recently released ‘Palace Letters’ Oh DiproseFor a businessmanYou were too verboseSpeaking out of lineWhen it was not your placeBrought back in lineBy a bigman of our times. A letter to irkSupposedly on behalf of ErrkTelling EsiguHisContinue reading “Esigu: Policeman, Leader, Governor”

Review by Martyn Namorong – The Voice of Michael Dom: Political, Powerful, Connected

REVIEW BY MARTYN NAMORONG AND OTHER READERS 02 NOVEMBER 2020 O Arise!: Poems on Papua New Guinea’s Politics & Society by Michael Dom, 54 pp. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 2015. ISBN-10: 1512039381. Available in hardcopy from Amazon, $5.40 WHAT is a Papua New Guinean writer but a warrior continuing the proud traditions of their ancestors,Continue reading “Review by Martyn Namorong – The Voice of Michael Dom: Political, Powerful, Connected”

Eh, Mi Seksek

31 OCTOBER 2020 MAIKEL DOM English translation follows the Tok Pisin original Eh, mi seksek long meri iaLek, han na lewa guriaTaim maus blong em singautim miTaim em lukluk long ai blong miBun bilong mi tanim wara Aiyo mama, aiyo lewa Meri em naispla samting ia Tasol nogut em less long mi             Eh, mi seksek! Ating long nait baiContinue reading “Eh, Mi Seksek”

Remember Me: An Ode for the Dead

30 October 2020 GREGORY BABLIS The living must honour the dead,         For they teach us the good and the bad.Times of sorrow and strife,         Are all a part of life. Though the world I may roam,         My mind is never far from home.Although I travel about,         My heart will always remain in Waut. We wereContinue reading “Remember Me: An Ode for the Dead”

Sijo on the Loss of Culture

29 October 2020 MICHAEL DOM – LAE Strangers teach you to sing songs and march to a drum that they own; To reject your garamut, your kundu and the stilled speech of wood; Their soporific chorus dulls your mind and cheats your Black soul. This piece first appeared on PNG Attitude on 11 January 2014Continue reading “Sijo on the Loss of Culture”


28 October 2020 TRANSLATION BY REV. WILLIE MOSES AND CHRISTINE MOSES Ooooh Lalokau, Mani unu gadobada hurehuredia aha kala henidia. Kone ai ehepatakaumu, kunu asi ramina na heto. Una lai maivalona ese niu retadia ekoedia laomu, ekoedia maimu. Ehegiromu bona eheude heudemu. Mavaru kekenidia moale gabudiai na heto. Ooooh Lalokau. Na laloamu bema oi lauContinue reading “SOSEPANI BONA LUISA”

Bernard Narokobi – Leader, Legislator, Literatus

28 October 2020 GREGORY BABLIS Port Moresby In 1995 when Bernard Narokobi was minister for agriculture, he, Bart Philemon and Jerry Nalau voted against Prime Minister Julius Chan’s proposed bill for an Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Governments. Given the ongoing conflict in Bougainville and violent bid for secession there, the three MinistersContinue reading “Bernard Narokobi – Leader, Legislator, Literatus”