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Mountain Forest

Mountain forestJIMMY AWAGL

The tropical rainforest
Stretching up the slope
Tree tops shrouded in cloud
Offering a misty canopy
Drifting through the leaves

The sun’s descending rays
Spreading their radiant fingers
Touching the hovering vapour
Flaring before us in a golden spray
Blinding our eyes in a rainbow spectrum

The sweet melody of dawn birds
Cascades as they sit atop the branches
In quest of fresh dew hanging on the leaves
To satiate these heavenly creatures
Of the forest, their natural home

Forest frogs croaking 
Jungle cicadas shrieking
While nocturnal creatures
Have retired in a hollow to dream
Cassowaries kiss the dew of earth

Yet all the rays fail to penetrate
The wind does not spear through
Dew remains for all day long
Mist hovering overhead for hours
What a splendid mountain forest


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Philip Kai Morre

The beautiful poetry behind the mountain but the further you climb you will reach heaven it self. Some mountains in Simbu province look similar. This looks like your own Yongomugl mountains and at the far end where Keith Jacksons got lost in the caves in the 1960s.

Michael Dom

Hi Jimmy - I trust you are in good health and still making the ink flow.

Your poem had the sound of a proud villager talking to a visitor.

It interested me to hear it in Tok Pisin, hence my translation.

I would like to include your poem alongside my translation in my new book collection.

Let me know if that's agreeable.

Jimmy Awagl

Lindsay, your words are so much encouraging and fascinating to write each time. So much gratitude.

Lindsay F Bond

A celestial splendour alighted from above arriving every moment and with roots reaching into earthen elements.
Good one Jimmy

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