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Chauka, where are you?

Notes on an ethnographic poem

Belo pairap, skul i pinis. Mi harim solwara i bruk long nambis. Mi smelim solwara long win. Mi lap wantem ol wanskul na kalap. Solwara pulap long maus blo mi. Chauka i singaut. Mi lap na hamamas. Olsem liklik pis. Ol brata na sista pilai long nambis.

Mi kalap long bas i go long Lombrum. Solwara olsem glas long loniu pasis i silip sore; isi isi stret solwara karim bas long Loniu Bris. Solwara karim mipla go long Lolak Bris. Chauka i singaut. Long apinun bas i ron go bek long taun. Win i pas long pes blo mi. Mi smelim solwara. San i go daun.

Sun kamap taim blo skul. Harim news na toksave long Redeo Manus, ‘maus bilong chauka i hamamas tasol long autim ol news na toksave. Em i maus bilong Chauka.’ Chauka i singaut. Ol nasi na papu stap. Mipela wokabaut i go long skul. Solwara i buruk... Read more

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