Covid PNG: Unprepared & understated
The pain of separation

Where we lived

Knocked-down-coconut-treesMICHAEL DOM

There were coconut trees, I remember,
Four, which would have me at the door
With the sounds of their arrival
I creamed them for us
And we did not want more

There was the wind that night, a sign,
Tempestuous love affair of earth and sea
And we did not know that
That time would soon be at an end
We spoke of the barren grapevine
And listened in silence
To words left unsaid

Now where we lived is a memory
Unpleasantly sweet it clings to me
And the fall of every nut is a misery
And the cream is not as rich
As where we lived

Emai noho gabuna

MAIKÉLÉ DOM’O

Translated by Rev Willie Moses and Sina Christine Moses

Nahelalotao niu audia na ita
Hani, ese iduara ai ehaginigu
Edia kau regedia
Na kodevaia ita eda
Bena momo asi aura

Hanuaboi ai lai ekau, una na toa
Tanobada bona Davara edia lalokau dagedagena
Bena ai na asia diba
Una nega na dia daudau baine ore
Gabani vinena aherevalaia
Bena dege dege rahu ai ahakala
Hereva ta sehe gwaurai

Hari anohomu gabuna na helalotao mo
Dia namo, to digara na doini mia
Niu ta ena moru ilalo parara laina na auka
Bena kodevana danu se ketaramu
Dia emai noho gabuna bamona

Ples b’lo mitupela

MAIKÉL DOM

Ol kokonas diwai i bin sanap, mi tingim iet,
Fopela, i save mekim mi ron igo long dua
Taim pairap bilong pundaun i toksave olsem ol i kam
Mi grisim kaikai wantaim kokonas
Na mitupela inapim laik stret

Strongpela win i bin kam long nait, em soim piksa,
Bikpela belhat laikim i kirap namel long graun na solwara
Na mitupela i no bin save olsem
Dispela taim bai pinis klostu
Mitupela stori long diwai-wine em i no karim kaikai
Na putim iau tasol
Long ol toktok i nogat nek

Dispela ples nau em stap long tingting tasol
Swit bilong em i save bagarapim mi
Na pairap bilong ol kokonas i save givim bel hevi
Na gris bilong ol i no bikpela tumas
Olsem ples we mitupela i bin stap wantaim

Comments

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

Paul Oates

Io Maikel. Lau kamonai.

Michael Dom

My favorite line:
"Tanobada bona Davara edia lalokau dagedagena"

Paul Oates

Ah Michael, where I am now is cold, wet and windy so your poetry carries me back in my mind to a time and place that is warm and relaxed.

Tenkyu tumas wantok.


Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

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

Working...
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.

Working...

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.)