By Samoa Observer 09 July 2017, 12:00AM

by Konai Helu Thaman


we wait in the dark

hoping the new moon 

will give us sight

we listen in the night

for the spirit bird’s song

to herald a new day


but our first glimpse of dawn

only touches 

the sand

that blocks our vision

of you


like a young girl picking 

flowers for her friend’s lover

we are left 

only with the fragrance

of langakali and mohokoi

now your resting place


the new moon is slanting

the birds have gone to sleep

the beach is empty

the lagoon has no fish

and the eyes have been plucked

from the prisoner


but here at USP

we can still see

you have not left us


you are still here

By Samoa Observer 09 July 2017, 12:00AM

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