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Kula Voyage

KulaJEZREEL DICKSON

| An entry in the Crocodile Prize Poetry Award

The conch shell breathes a haunting whisper
While my lizard skinned drum resonates deeper
The lone figure awaits on the hill top
Mr Sun still shines before he'll eventually drop
A starry night welcomes the end of the day
My feet embrace the feeling of the earthy clay
Gradually the jungle emits the jungle symphony
This natural choral orchestra pleading to see

I await the glimpse of a sail from afar
Eagerly anticipating through this door that's ajar
How majestic it glides it's dancing in the breeze
This Kula voyage cruiser everyone at ease
Expertly swaying on the wave that it rides
Soothing my heart my anxiety subsides

The village is a whirlpool of stratospheric celebration
The younger sailors having been baptized
now coming home for graduation
A feast of a massive proportion
Arise stories of adventure and mishap
with jaw-dropping concentration

Our music is ethnic our rhythms are tribal
we have lived 10,000 lifetimes don't misinterpret the Bible
I leave my perch atop the hill
Nothing right now is all so still
My face behind my mask of paint
Everyone waiting the emergence of this primal saint
Standing amongst my fellow clansman
the head of the chosen few the mysterious shaman

In my left hand is my palai-skinned gong
Awaiting the finale of this epic song
Another setting of this eastern sun
Till the next voyage the next run
As we all stood in our pandanus G-string
letting the last notes of that tribal orchestra sing.

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