IN 2006, when I was doing my undergraduate studies at Divine Word University in Madang, I wrote five poems. It was part of the assessment tasks for a course on contemporary literature in which we were required to write about current issues in Papua New Guinea.
I have never before shared them, except with my lecturer of course.
The beauty of poetry is that it never becomes redundant. The verses in poems are malleable messages of modernity instilled with transcendent transcripts of the values of society and prevalent cultural norms.
The issues I perceived a decade ago are still relevant today at some level of society. As our country develops, old issues still linger, and even as we try to lay old issues to rest, new ones appear.