Holmes in NG: The adventure of the black pearl 7
PNG 'witch' murder a reminder of our gruesome past

And then? And then?

GANJIKI D WAYNE | Supported by the Bea Amaya Writing Fellowship

Ganjiki D WayneThey say they'd look into it
And so we waited...
And crossed our feet

That crook who was a politician
Those missing millions
Those laws broken
Those lives that sank
Those jaws broken
By cops who were smoking

That plane that came crashing
Those ladies who were raped
By what couldn't have been apes
Those ladies burnt
By villagers vigilante
Those aliens that take our bread
Those fugitives who bought citizenships
From crooked selfish Ministerships

They said they'd investigate
They set up an inquiry shop
Then they enquired
They tasked the force to sweep
Sweep ‘em clean
Block a sewer leak
They commissioned the Ombudsman
To go get em
Put ‘em in jail

So they went to get em
And we waited
For thieves to be caught
For money to be brought
Back from dirty hands
To restore cheaply sold lands
For that reckless shipman
To pay for dead family man
For those stoned murderers
Of suspected sorcerers

They said they'd catch them
That justice would be served
They'd put them in jail
But alas
The justice league it failed

Still we stand and watch
And cry time and again
To them we cry

"And then? And then?...."


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

Monica Jean George

I always thought the world was a very happy place to live in so as PNG a paradise and looks promising.

However it is the land of the unexpected. The country's backbone is so ill mannered, the power of the people is used against them.

I sob silently in the dark corner of my house in the compounds as I ponder on their acts. My eyes swell as I watch their tongues twist cunningly on EMTV.

So when day dawns I have doubts and yes its the "and then" and it never comes till I became a victim myself. True is the poem.

Mrs Barbara Short

Thanks Ganjiki, a great poem.

You have included many of the injustices that have taken place in PNG over the past few years.

But there has to be a Day of Reckoning, a time for the guilty to atone for their sins. They need to repent from their foolish ways and feel sorry for what they have done.

A good example of that has taken place in the NSW ICAC over the past few weeks. Corruption that occurred over the past few years in the NSW government has been exposed.

People are no longer going to get millions of dollars from corrupt practices.
New rules will be set in place to guard against these sorts of things happening in the future.

The "Justice League" has to be given the tools to prosecute and punish the criminals.

Up to you! But I still recommend an ICAC.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

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

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.


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.)