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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




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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