Initiation rites surrounding ‘Te Tahol’ in the Buka culture

Three poems


An entry in the Crocodile Prize
Kina Securities Award for Poetry


A linguist told me,
To speak Murua
But I said,
I speak Muyuwa
So, he told me,
To speak Muyuwa
But be a Murua speaking person.

Who cares?

I care what you don’t really Care,
You Care what they don’t really Care,
They Care what everyone don’t really Care,
Because it ain’t a small world mate,
But a big world.


A short Saying,
With advice and Warning,
A good Understanding,
That wins Favour,
A truthful Witness,
That does not deceive,
A word of God
That directs your Path.
That’s Proverbs.


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