An entry in The Crocodile Prize
Kina Securities Award for Poetry
I READ Garry Juffa’s poem in PNG Attitude entitled Meanwhile the trees keep falling and wanted to continue on the same theme with a contribution of half a dozen original ‘pseudo-haiku’.
A K300 million Raintree Hotel and Suites development (pictured below) by timber giant Rimbunan Hijau is going up very fast near Vision City in Port Moresby.
In a ground breaking ceremony in March kast, prime minister Peter O’Neill spoke of the substantial economic contribution that the Raintree Hotel project will make to PNG.
He emphasised that RH's significant investments in PNG "are most welcome and are appreciated by the government".
Through the haiku, I wonder at the real cost of such activity? I lament the gradual disappearance of the rainforests and forest life.
My basic stance is that “you can keep the K300 million and your Raintree Hotel; I prefer to keep the 300 remaining kwila trees and my rainforest”.
Yesterday I saw green
Today I see hot blue sky
Tomorrow feels cold
Beach is vanishing
Big man talks from far away
My heart keeps crying
Brown water is black
Fish is floating wrong way up
River boy is scared
Logs floating down
Small bird has no house to sleep
River go away
Yellow man likes big tree
Black woman likes big shopping
Damn Vision City
Rain forest, come back here
Three hundred million kids cry
Rain Tree, Go Away!