The lure of the Pacific

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Jackie Faasisila

Once you have distinguished

The Pacific’s unique shades of blue and green 

Been awed by glorious sunsets

Felt the rays of the sun seep deep into your bones

You will fall into its trance


Once you have experienced

The friendliness and smiles of Pacific people

Witnessed the simplicity of their lives

Tasted taro and palusami hot from the umu

You will feel at home


Once you have watched hospitality and respect 

Play out on the Pacific stage

Seen the vibrancy of communal living

The peacefulness of a village in the moonlight

The Pacific will ooze into your being 


Like a blood sucker refusing to let go

The voices of the island will call you to return

Should you ever dare to leave

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