A Kiap’s Chronicle: 12 – Aitape
PNG’s work permit system: poorly monitored; no skills transfer

In memory of the late Mama Puwau Gene


The glittering rays of the rising sun
Glow over the gorge of the village Parua
The petals of late mama Puwau
No longer shimmer as they did before

The petals have wilted not like yesterday
The gentle smile has faded not like it was before
Your sweet face waning among the family
The memories of your endearing qualities die

Ripples of grief strike my heart
Your presence is harshly missed
The bed is vacant; the house is cold
The fire place empty

No more the smoke from your house
Its absence reminds me that you’ve gone away
My heart is numb, but your unique qualities
Still linger there

Tears fall like the showers of Umba-Darua
I treasure everything you did for me
You forever dwell in my loving heart
Until such a time we meet again

To cherish again as mom and daughter


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Michael Dom

This is such a sweet and sorrowful elegy.

Nogat smuk-paia long haus - dispela em wari samting ia.

Gutpela pasin tasol yumi holim insait long bel, em save holim spirit blong ol narapela istap klostu.

Good poem, bro Jimmy.

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