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Poetry


Memories Of Papua

Erwin Fernandez

Where real borders memory
she swims slowly, ponderous-
at times, tired of paddling,
rests just below the surface.

Longing for land, she ascends
bringing sea foam and scents
of hibiscus bubbles and taro.
Dredged from seabed they rise

like the dum-da-dum-da-dum
of goanna skin drums wafting
through the air on tribal loop,
heralding her sandy arrival.

On my shore not-so-sure
she lays down a bilum bag
of paradise feathers and cowrie
as if to say: It was real. Then dives-

Orphaned on the coast of imagining,
I long for the touch of a sea turtle.

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