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Thoughts about Rotuma

by Henry Enasio (Sydney, Australia)

Rotuma Hanua Aier 'Ontou.

As I reflect and reminisce about those vivid moments growing up in Rotuma, it reminds me of the good old days, of the kinship and life of peace and tranquility I have sorely missed.

From a distance I see the holistic beauty of Rotuma:

  • an island in the sun, given to me by my father's hands
  • with its emerald green and lush rain forest, cupped in leafy hands
  • its white sandy beaches, soft as maidens hands
  • with its sky blue crystal waters, bound by reefy hands
  • abundant in fish, like an exotic dancer's twinkling hands
  • that calls to me by the most seductive sunset I have ever seen
  • from Ahau through Maka Bay to Uea.

From a distance I feel the soothing effect of Rotuma:

  • that calls me all the days of my life
  • from Lagi te Maurea with its cool and enchanting effect
  • to the tranquility that captivates my senses
  • with the security that I can sleep at night with my doors and windows open
  • with no worries of being robbed or mugged,

From a distance I smell the fragrance of Rotuma:

  • the Tieri and Ragkari that graces the maidens heads
  • to the Sea and Kori that also anoints their heads
  • the fragrances that permeate, I have longed for in my head

From a distance I hear the call of Rotuma:

  • carried to me by the wind of my imagination
  • with laughter of women and joy of children
  • free of worries
  • that begs me home

With these in mind, I know for certain the meaning of Rotuma Hanua Aier 'Ontou. For wherever I go, I will always long for and miss Rotuma all the days of my life.

It is there that I promise that I will one day return to retire and live for the rest of my life. To rekindle the kinship and repay Rotuma for what I owe it, and to be buried with the rest of my loved ones.

Submitted 25 April 2004.

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