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Poem: The darkness of neon lights


This poem is a rearrangement and rewording of a quote from the Constitutional Planning Committee 1975, with inputs from a couple of good friends

Tonight at Kaugere looking over the shanties

We see the glittering brightness of Overseas*

Creating the darkness of neon lights

It is the loneliness and despair in the urban cities.

It is the alienation of land from rural people

That feeds the babes of rich people

We see true social security and happiness

Being diminished in the name of progress

The pursuit of large scale industries

At the expense of indigenous communities

Our social, cultural and spiritual blights

Caused by the darkness of neon lights

* ‘Overseas’ is poetic license used by the slum dwellers of Kaugere in Port Moresby to refer to the bright lights and exclusive suburbs of wealthy classes in town and on Touagouba Hill


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"There is a light and the night surrounds it" / Grief lurks in the Shadow of Laughter

Reginald Renagi

Poetic verses that tell of what's happening now in our land.

Sad indeed, but the government can correct this if it has the guts to right wrongs over time.

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