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The Little Girl Who Bit A Princess

April 3, 2018

Dedicated to MY NANA Rosa Martha Elbourne nee Johns.

 

That bowlegged, stocky DAUGHTER of TWO WORLDS who raised ME.

 

For the WOMAN of QUIET FAITH who LOVED US despite the fact HER CHURCH told her how we came to be was SIN.

 

And for MY KIDS…MY DAUGHTER  who didn't get to know her well enough and MY SON who never met her…Your BIG NANA was MORE THAN AMAZING. WORDS barely do her JUSTICE.

 

And lastly, for EVERYONE who has LOST their GRANDMOTHER…

 

 

There was a little girl who bit a princess

 

For wearing  her  favourite yellow dress

 

And the little girl became a young  girl

 

Who danced with the American soldiers

 

During the war 

 

Sometimes  I can see her spinning around

 

And her laugh is joy

 

And the young girl became a young lady

 

Who met a man who swept

 

Her off her feet and promised her the world

 

And oh how she believed him

 

That smooth talking silver tongued devil aye

 

And the young lady saw her dreams of love

 

Fade as years go by on the little feet

 

Of her children

 

This young lady became a woman

 

Familiar with the contours of pain

 

And the taste of tears when

 

She buried Josephine

 

When she said goodbye to Betty

 

When she finally broke the day Freddy

 

Her baby, her youngest

 

Got taken away too damn soon

 

So the woman became an old woman

 

Who sits in her room looking lost

 

Wondering at this hurt in her heart

 

At the nature of the god she

 

Has served faithfully all her days

 

And I see her sitting there

 

And I walk away crying because

 

Her shoulders are bowed and the laugh lines

 

Have disappeared from around her eyes

 

And her eyes can only see her past

 

And I ask her not to die

 

Because I need my daughter to know her

 

And she goes to Lautoka

 

At this point we know something bad is coming

 

So we spend our days just trying to be as close to her

 

As possible, all of us want her to be with us

 

So she goes to Lautoka where her life began

 

All those many years ago in another time

 

And the circle closes.

 

And we stand in Nasinu crying like

 

The bereft children we all are

 

Because…

 

The little girl who bit a princess left us today…

 

By Alex Elbourne

 

 

 

 

 

Our featured Pasifika poet this week is Alex Elbourne. Alex describes his love for creative writing as a way of using words to turn little things into little worlds and offer these to whomever is willing and say, "Look I MADE THIS." 

 

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