A poem by the young activist Annemary Raduva and Moira Vilsoni-Raduva.

Wantok

May 18, 2021

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Wantok

Sing it in our chants

Dance to our own music

Embrace it

Our unique Pasifika

Nurture our wealth

People,

Whenua

Itulangi

Moana

Wantok

Hanua

And the rich indigenous wisdom

That

Jihova,

Atua

Iesu

Gifts us in abundance

Rewrite

Reweave

Rekindle

Reignite

Reright

The once were warrior spirit

of

Ofa atu, loloma, hanisi

Aroha nui

And love

That are woven into our flesh

And bones

From the bellies of Moana

That makes us who we are

Coconuts from one basket

Voyaging

Navigating the vast oceans

With each deep of our paddles

Seeking

Searching

Anticipating

While silently praying

To be free

Liberte

Egalite

Fraternite

From individualism

And isolation

Stop

Stealing our lands

Drying our rivers

Killing our fish

Slaving our children

Painting our faces

With hues of

Modernization

© Moira Vilsoni-Raduva & AnnMary Raduva

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