PNG was a life-changing experience for Robyn Hendry
Dogura & his kundu – a connection with a receding past

Dying for a cause (The Lihir Destiny)


An entry in the Crocodile Prize
Kina Securities Award for Poetry

I had a dream
Me, my family, we lived on
I lived long to see them grow, married and bear

Then I heard you calling
I raised my hands to take it in
You told me, son, a ninambial must come true
Aniokaka will birth soon
Lihir nitel a city
A peketon is here now
The waves of change are upon us
They will depart for distant lands soon

It’s an old prophesy, you said
It must be fulfilled in our time and place
You, me, our destiny, pre-ordained
You, me, we are born to make it happen

I believed, embraced it, heart and spirit
The dream became my own
I became the dream for many

You stood still, I did the extra mile
You slept, I stayed awake
You ate, I went empty
You worked for dole, I loved you more
You watched, I laid the path to your destiny
You, me, we are bound to enjoy the fruits of an ancient promise

Now the day’s almost over
I have done my share, enjoyed those days of yearning
It had been a long and painful journey
I have lived through six strokes
Can’t talk or walk, but write for you to read
I now call hospital home
It’s been a year, I’m still here

I just want you to know, I’m still alive
I’m paying the price for living the life I built
I may not live to see tomorrow
I will leave the world with one regret
Not seeing you, my children grow and bear


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