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Scott WaideDIANE MANDUI MIRIO
An entry in the 2019 Crocodile Prize Award for Poetry

I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
So I could write about today's news
I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
So I could interview the women at the hospital

I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
So I could listen to the views of the teachers
I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
So I could tell the world about the volcano at Manam
and the ignorance by my government
in setting up a permanent care centre

I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
So I could film the flood waters between Lae and Madang
I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
So I could show my country,
how the Maseratis were used at my people's expense

I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
Because I was telling the truth
I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
Because that was what I was trained for

I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
Because I believe in media freedom
I took my camera, my notepad and my biro
Because we are all taxpayers,
we should be informed
without any repercussions

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