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2009 Jolika Fellows: Hanuabada

HANUABADA

 

The big one; the village carved and standing.

On stilts, atop your own ocean.

For fish and children to indulge

Only the plastic factories refuge, dynamites and household debri scare them.

You are comfortable but allow industrial and political power brokers to take your ocean view

But your playground remains after the sun sets.

And your dreams of modernity surrenders to industrialization

promptly casting doubts on your neediness

your expectations evade your sanity

like your own discards; you let go, your land

leaving the nest of your children to the sharks and preying eagles.

For your children; it will be skyscrapers over waters

Forever moving and shaking.

And there’ll be many tongues and dissentment

And if the fish is not enough and plentiful

Your prayers will be long and half-said

Your survival will be under trees and on roads

in the eyes of the scorching sun

and the ocean will be barren and bare.

 

Purago Marabe

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Taken on November 2, 2009