A collaborative poem: © Ketty Dan-Napwatt and Rebecca Tobo Olul-Hossen | February 2020

Dedication: To the truly faithful.

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Together and yet apart

Separated by a need greater than ourselves

Until the dawn when the roosters crow, together we shall be

I yearn for you even then

In our little grass house

Together and yet apart

Furtive sweet moments stolen or so it seems

Early morning’s urgent swims at Loanisiapu with the children

I yearn for you even then

In our little grass house

***

Waiting on arrival

Quietly watching

Unfamiliar yet patient

Expectant…

 

She disembarks

Unsuspecting and resigned

To an exile imposed

In unfamiliar isolation

***

Together and yet apart

Sweet ripe mango juice dripping down our chins

Walking down past Ilisi and New Castle to pick up ‘Mango Swit’

I yearn for you even then

In our little grass house

Together and yet apart

On the truck driving up Lowanialu with Yasur far below

At the airport leaving Entani for Port Vila

I yearn for you even now

And our little grass house

***

He approaches

As if on cue

To pick up her luggage

Their eyes meet

 

In that split second

Irrevocable and complete

Two hearts clung and beat

In faithful union.


Ketty Dan-Napwatt and Rebecca Tobo Olul-Hossen are Aunty and niece with one being named after the other’s mother. Passionate about writing, both writers have forged their individual paths exploring poetry, prose and short stories.

This collaborative piece, a first for the love month, is an interweaving of two separate pieces written at different times. Like two women weavers there is rhythm to the art – but instead of using their hands to weave, it is two women putting their hearts and minds together in a fusion of words. Words and imagery flow from their home island, Tanna, making their way onto paper. Both writers have published work in Vanuatu as well as abroad.