Happy Rotuma Day
A quick google brought up several websites devoted to the day. Interestingly, many of them were for celebrations in places other than Rotuma – Australia and New Zealand in particular.
… he catches shingles of moisture from
The ringlets of dawn …
I thought of Rotuma’s sandy roads
where kids could eye-dee the bi-ki
by the sound of his engine’s vroom-broom;
Nostalgia is a subject that appears in a number of poems. I found the straightforward descriptions of what has gone and how the poet feels about it very close to my own feelings, but with the added savour of the, to me, unusual. The long poem, ‘Ahau Nostalgia by Harieta and Sylvia Vilsoni, gives a vivid example. It’s well worth reading in full for the description of Rotuma through the eyes of memory.
That lone hifau tree on the cliff edge
shaded the chapel on many hot Sundays;
to fight boredom we’d look to the east
ahhh, panoramic Mt. Sarafui on Uea
awesome sight in the shimmering light.
Nostalgia is one of those emotions that can be both pleasant and unhappy – a secret store of joyful memories to lighten dark moments or a heap of regrets. I wish all Rotumans a happy national day with good memories to buoy them up.