Tuesday, 13 September 2011

WALKABOUTSVERSE 32 OF 230

Poem 32 of 230:  THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE

North, on the warm island of Oahu,
    There’s a really good place to see:
The Polynesian Cultural Centre -
    A centre linked by Christianity;
It’s run by a broad-minded Christian group,
    Championing cultures while they preach.
I talked to a few of the kind members,
    And here’s an abstract of their speech:

The employees are all uni. students,
    Labouring for their study and board;
They come from many Pacific islands,
    And are all believers in their Lord;
They are studying for varied degrees,
    And working at a number of jobs;
Some work as cultural entertainers,
    While others serve the tourist mobs.

I walked around for more than half a day,
    Then went to a skilled stage-show at night:
By day, the different island nations
    Do shows at their own cultural site;
There’s good Tahitian cooking to be tried,
    Tamure dancing and hula, too;
Plus, at night, dramatic fire-walking,
    Drums and song, to name you but a few.

(C) David Franks 2003