14/09/2009 at 1:09 pm #102942
Wow. That is long!
Mike, have you ever considered collating all your poetry and writing a book? Would be well worth looking into. I would be the first to buy it. Seriously.
flups14/09/2009 at 9:14 pm #102947
I agree with Fluppy,you should do a book.15/09/2009 at 6:11 am #102951
Thanks so much… you both sound like my family they have said I should try to have a Kokoda Historical Poetry book published… I think they are just sick of hearing my latest effort. I have completed others about the Japanese soldier, Some of the heroes of Kokoda and are presently working on the beach head battles. Who knows maybe one day I may have them published.
Cheers mike15/09/2009 at 8:41 am #102952
Mike, here's a good start (DIY) if you want to see how it would turn out:
I will be using this for my photos of when I trek Kokoda and am doing a practice run with our trip to Girraween National Park (Granite-belt – border of QLD/NSW).01/10/2009 at 5:08 am #10318305/10/2009 at 1:26 am #103223
that last poem is just great…11/10/2009 at 1:00 pm #10333211/10/2009 at 4:00 pm #103333
Mike, I think this poem is great and I will show our staff the first chance I get. Its also so true of the modern fuzzy wuzzy angel. Just today I met up with our staff as an end of year get together and one of the main comments put to us as management was how hard they all work to get our trekkers home to ensure the trekker walks off the track.
They told stories of some of the trekkers who struggled and how they would get trekkers into camp and then how some would go back up the track to meet up with the remainder of the group and how they worked as a team to get them to the camp. On the track at the moment we have exactly the same thing happening. Two different guys struggling on separate days yet they are now only one day away from finishing and achieving their dream.
Like many a trekker before them I know in advance how they will come in and inform me how good our porters are and will explain to me in detail what they did for them. It does not seem to matter which staff or guides are selected as they all pull together as a team and are just so proud of the job they do in looking after their clients.
As this week saw the last of the biggest treks of the year come off the track with Soc Kienzle, it was our chance to meet up with them. Most of the staff on this trek were our guides working as porters mainly because they are like sponges and want to absorb everything that comes out of Soc's mouth as he is trying to teach them the history of the track before his legs give out and he cannot walk any longer.
In our meeting today they asked if our trekkers were happy with the way they looked after them and if we as management were happy as well. With all the comments that continue to come our way about our staff, I assured them we were more then happy with them.
As I write this, our staff are at Open Bay Guesthouse which is situated approximately 3 hours outside of Port Moresby on a white sandy beach. They went there yesterday and when I caught up with them today, they had caught fish; gone for walks up the beach to neighbouring villages to barter for more fish; had been hunting in the bush surrounding the area last night and were having a great time.
Photograph: Left to Right
Back Row: Taylor Keamo; Clement Harika; Tony Ogonemi; Wayne Urina; Harold Hauro; Kingsley Boropi; Cyprian Haera; Tarina Bore and Arnold Jinga
Centre: Brendan Buka the trek champion
Owers Cnr to Kokoda – 16 Hours 34 Minutes
Kokoda to Owers Cnr – 17 Hours 20 Minutes
Front Row: Frank Taimbari; Romney; Ramsi Idau; Wallace Lemeki; Trevor; Cyprian (Driver)
IMGP0986.jpg12/10/2009 at 10:48 am #103356
thank you for your kind comments,
thay are certainly brilliant people
and take great pride in helping us to
reach our dreams and goals.
cheers mike29/10/2009 at 7:48 pm #103466
any one want another poem??30/10/2009 at 1:03 am #103467
regards Moreton01/11/2009 at 1:17 pm #103476
Mike – you never cease to amaze me with your poetry. I sincerely enjoy reading every one of your poems and to be honest am a bit jealous and/or envious at your ability to write so…so…(struggling to find the right word here) so…emotive. So powerful. You truly are an inspiring poet.
fluppy02/11/2009 at 1:19 am #10348602/11/2009 at 3:18 am #103492
Touching as always Mike. I will be the first to put my hand up to purchase a copy of your book.
flups23/11/2009 at 4:08 am #103634
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.