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03 December 2015


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August, you've got the talent and this piece is a sensitive PNG stuff. I agree with Wardley. Keep it coming brother!

Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm not a writer but am trying to learn to become one. Both positive and negative comments are very helpful to me. I appreciate you guys. Would also be much grateful for anyone to offer writing tips to coach me to become a better PNG writer.

I think you're right Michael. I missed that 'save' in the first part of the metaphor.

With all the weird versions of Tok Pisin around I tend to go straight to the English translation.

Maybe the second part should be 'get drunk like a simple villager'.

Either way it's a compelling metaphor.

If I'm correct, i think this poem insinuates something's wrong with the PNG culture. I wonder which glass one should wear to rate one culture better than another. Is it the one given to us by the West or that which is handed down by our fathers from Melanesia? PNG is caught in the pandamonium of rapid cultural shift and the challenges we face are so real.

Congratulations Berita for capturing that struggle in such precise and profound manner. We need more writings of this sort.


Nicely crafted prose August.

I think the translation of the modified Tok Pisin metaphor;

"Mi drinkim save blo waitman tasol / spak olsem kanaka blo ples!"

is more correctly;

"I drink the knowledge of white men but / I get drunk like the village idiot".

It sure is a confusing world August.

I'm not especially enamoured of the world I'm forced to live in but what can you do?

Just get on with it I guess.

Some nice lines in there. I especially like "I drink like a white man/I get drunk like a kanaka' and 'I was told to love my enemies/But my people taught me to hate my enemies'.

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