Fear
There cannot be peace without justice

Rest in peace, our captain

Captain Philip Emeck
Captain Philip Emeck

PORAP GAI

I wrote this poem as a condolence message for the late captain Philips Emeck’s funeral, and also in memory of his untimely death on Friday 13 September 2019. He came from Enga, the first pilot from Laiagam to fly helicopters. He died when his aircraft crashed in a strong wind - PG

Philip was a senior captain, to fly around the world
Always in a cheerful mood, rarely did he frown
He was our genius pilot, ours and all the people’s
His ethos left behind as a legacy for the children

A stark reminder that life too short can end too soon
Time with loved ones often taken for granted
Man born of woman is of few days and quickly fades
Looking through life’s busy lens, time becomes slanted

Captain, we are missing your presence

It can be too easy to let the months go by
Your untimely passing an event soon gone
There was no chance to say goodbye
But name, legacy, brotherhood will carry on

When plants are cut, they sprout again
It’s not the same with our fellow man
But in our hearts, he will never leave
We’ll meet when Jesus returns, captain Philip

- PG

Philip was a senior captain, to fly around the world
Always in a cheerful mood, rarely did he frown
He was our genius pilot, ours and all the people’s
His ethos left behind as the legacy for the children

A stark reminder that life too short can end too soon
Time with loved ones often taken for granted
Man born of woman is of few days and quickly fades
Looking through life’s busy lens, time becomes slanted

Captain, we are missing your presence

It can be too easy to let the months go by
Your untimely passing an event soon gone
There was no chance to say goodbye
But name, legacy, brotherhood will carry on

When plants are cut, they sprout again
It’s not the same with our fellow man
But in our hearts, he will never leave
We’ll meet when Jesus returns, captain Philip

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Joe Herman

Thank you for sharing this story, Porap. A bright future cut short. May he rest of peace.

Porap Gai

Firstly I thank much for Keith Jackson and friends for editing and publishing my work. I have nothing more to contribute towards PNG Attitude just my heartfelt appreciation for publishing my poems.

May the good Lord be with you all while addressing PNG's deepest issues, putting them on the world stage and making them known to the entire world.

We the people from Enga and the Lagaip-Porgera district greatly miss the late captain Philip Emeck and we are still in the house of mourning.

As time passes by, we will forget him but his name, legacy and brotherhood will carry on.

By the way, this poem will remain the sole property and legacy of the late Captain Philip Emeck.

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