Transparency International warns of unrest
O’Neill says ties to Australia will strengthen

Poem: The forgotten generations

BY MARIE MONDU

We are our fathers’ sons
We speak our mothers’ tongue
We’ve been taught on how to serve
See us now living on the edge
Promised us a brighter day
Than show us a better way

Aiya oh!
I smile but is this my face?
Aiya Oh!
I live but is this my place?

We are our fathers’ armour
We thrive on our mothers’ humour
We’ve been told, land is a friend
See us now such chaotic blend
Fear not for what we are
Hear us for who we are

Aiya Oh!
I dream but where is my choice?
Aiya Oh!
I scream but is this my voice?

We are our fathers’ bones
We sense our mothers’ tones
We’ve been shaped from primitive
See us now, pray for more positive
Shake our hands not our hopes
Take our scopes not our lands

Aiya Oh!
I breathe my intoxicated street?
Aiya Oh!
I stand but is this my feet?

Aiya Oh!
I try to run but is this the way?
Aiya Oh!
I like to live but who will pay?

Marie Mondu, 29, was born Bundi.  She works for Caritas Australia as a research officer in two highlands provinces of PNG after completing university five years ago. “I love creative art,”she says, “and people and places amaze me. Lyrics and freelance poetry is my strength, which I have been improvising on to encourage youth participation in HIV advocacy.”

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Reginald Renagi

Great poem, Marie. Keep writing and send this as an entry to next year's Crocodile Prize competition.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)