To my brothers in Papua New Guinea
Oh my brothers by the sea , in Papua New Guinea,
my heart goes out to you in sorrow, and in awe
of the sudden rush of water, of the giant lunging of the sea
and of the life that was there, and was not there, and is there
and will be there: Aloha, Maganda, Greetings, love and farewell in peace.
Oh my sisters in Papua New Guinea,
my sorrows for your children; my sorrows for you, my sisters.
The schools are closed, the children are all gone, they are all gone.
Their laughter enriched the soil of the island and gave the plantain joy in growing.
Weep, and weep. But silently I look ahead to see you laugh again.