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Selina Tusitala Marsh, from Fast Talking PI

Not Another Nafanua Poem

Not another nafanua poem she can hear them say as she rides the current of her culture in the new millennium with her electric va'a I'm afraid so her shadow answers back in black but this ride's for nua's sister the one who stayed home and boiled her father's koko alaisa wiping his chin and fetching the key for the cupboard hiding the toilet pepa for the faleuila while her famous warrior sister slays stereotypes on an oceanic scale I'm afraid so because this is the story of how her sister had to replace the stolen coconuts meant for that evening's saka the ones the warrior took without asking to cover her womanhood I'm afraid so because someone had to feed the aiga harvest the kalo the bananas the pawpaw bagging them dragging them to the makeke fou to sell for kupe to pay the government school so the kids can get a scholarship up and outta here so they can come back and open a restaurant in apia and finally begin to lap from those rivulets of glistening stuff gurgling over and into the vaisigano the sewers the streets and the dirt roads of the kua back villages except for nafanua's village someone has to tell said the shadow.