This series of blog posts is part of the A to Z 2019 Blogging Challenge in which I will write snapshot memories of my early married life in the then Territory of Papua New Guinea.
Misis Kwin I kam long Goroka
Na sindaun na lukluk nabaut[i]
Visitors come to Goroka to see one another
Tribal and royal
Queen Elizabeth II, Mr Bernie Borok (Associate District Commissioner), Prince Philip.
Misis Kwin na man bilong en, Prince Philip
Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
Lord Louis Mountbatten.
A small town means
Despite spears and arrows.
We see the royals up close
At the airport, in town
And at the tribal gathering.
Wields her camera.
The tribes gather en masse
Their feathered finery impresses
As they provide an honour guard
A little different from the bearskins
Of the Royal Guard at Buckingham Palace.
We wonder –
Were both groups bemused
One by a woman as boss?
The other by the primitive sights?
Pidgin doesn’t have words which begin with Q.
Queen – Misis Kwin
[i] The Queen came to Goroka and stopped to look around.