Through Efate’s open windows, and creaking doors,
They stared at me, like a naked leprechaun who fell from the sky.
Eyes like uncut diamonds, piercing into my pores,
They seemed to ask, “Man blong India, why yu come by?”
At the Kava bar, the blade dangled like a third arm.
Of course, smiles never hurt a soul. And they always do heal.
And like dragonflies in the light, they danced with no duress
In Port Vila. Beyond questions of tomorrow. Beyond fun.
The future holds a key they can’t see, nor can guess.
- My exploration of Vanuatu was limited to Efate, the main island and home to Port Vila, the capital. There are many more fascinating islands in Vanuatu which I couldn’t find time (and money) to visit. Like Tanna island, Pentecost island etc.
- In Vanuatu, they speak a pidgin form of English called ‘Bislama’, which is fascinating. So, an Indian man would be called ‘Man blong india’ in Bislama.
- Kava is a local narcotropic root drink, which is very popular in Vanuatu. In Kava bars around the island, kava roots are cut with long blades, and then crushed to make the kava drink.
- Mele is another small village a little outside port vila, which is famous for the mele cascades.