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Heta Tapealava's reply to You the Choice of my parents

Postby urolicious » Tue Oct 14, 2003 1:28 am

I remember this from back in high school and it was the best reply to Konai Helu's poem. I don't remember exactly how it goes but if someone can refresh my memory on one of the greatest poems of Tongan education..........hit e'm up.
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Postby ellablue » Tue Oct 14, 2003 11:32 pm

i love that poem - we studied her stuff for nearly a year in form 6 @ QSC & that poem is really etched into my psyche- do you want the poem itself? i think i have it in my form 6 english notebook - which i for some reason brought w/ me to uni. anyhow - ill look for it & post it when i get the chance.

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Postby *~V@mpire Queen~* » Sun Nov 16, 2003 6:45 pm

I dont really remember how it goes but we did a drama bout it at Qsc, its a really beautiful poem.
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Postby *PLAYETTE » Sun Nov 16, 2003 7:47 pm

I remember this poem from High School. I actually didn't go to school overseas, we learnt this about this poem in New Zealand. I had a Samoan English teacher in form five and she wanted for us to do this poem towards school certificate. I really enjoyed it and so did the multicultural people in my class. That poem is awesome, pity I can't remember the words but it will be nice if someone can come and post it in here! I've tried looking on the net for the poem but its only the books you can find. :cry:

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Postby Aphrodite » Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:23 am

Sorry folks I'm trying to clean the poetry room up and also compile some of the best poems especially Tongans to our PT Tongan Poetry Thread and I came across this post. Sorry I don't have or heard of Heta Tapealava's reply.

Playette I just happened to have Konai helu Thaman's famous masterpiece: one of my all time favorite as well.

YOU, THE CHOICE OF MY PARENTS

You come clad in your fine mats and tapa cloth
Your brown skin bursting with fresh perfumed oil
And your eyes shining like stars in a clear night
YOU, the choise of my parents.
You will bring them wealth and fame
With your Western-type education
And second-hand car.
Yet you do not know me, my prince
Save that I am first-born and have known no other man;
I fit your plans and schemes for the futre.
You cannot see the real me
My face is masked with pretence and obedience
And my smiles tell you that I care
I have no other choices.

The priest has left the altar now
And the dancing has begun;
I see myself dying slowly
To family and traditions;
Stripped of its will and carefree spirit,
Naked on the cold and lonely waters
Of a strange family shoreline
Alienated from belonging truly.

I love as a mere act of duty
My sould is far away
Clinging to that familiar ironwood tree
That heralds strangers
To the land of my ancestors.
I will bear you a son
To prolong your family tree
And fill the gaps in your geneology.
But when my duties are fufilled
My spirit will return to the land of my birth
Where you will find me no more
Except for the weeping willows along the shore.

by: Konai Helu Thaman
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Postby Heilala-O-Haamea » Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:24 am

((*katoa ki 'olunga*)) 'ai ha fo'i pasipasi le'olahi...dat poem will neva be forgotten...toe 'ia hano pasi'i....

thanks for bringin' it up.....


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Postby Aphrodite » Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:15 pm

Hi Heilala 'O Ha'amea,

You're welcome!! Enjoy the forum :)
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Postby Seanomads » Wed Apr 05, 2006 1:10 am

Ahhhh.... That was very very nice indeed..... Bravo Bravo..... Malo.
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Postby Heilala-O-Haamea » Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:00 pm

To: Hadar Tapealava.
Forgive me for being vakavaka mu'a he pangai kehe kae tuku au keu post up ho'o reply. Ko e to'o hangatonu mai pe mei he THS Magazine.

GROOM'S REPLY
-Hadar Tapealava

You may think
That I may not be aware
of the goings on
But can't you see it all?
My own impression
mirroring yours?
You may say
That my eyes are shining
But why don't you take
a closer look?
Or can't you tell the difference
Between the star-shining eyes
and swelling tears?

This had to be done
I could have prevented it
if I had the will
But I'm powerless and hopeless
when facing my family and tradition
when coming face to face
with my duties and obligations
So why don't you try
and understand
Or are you so wrapped up
in your own grief
To notice mine
You can be reassured
That this was not my choice.

Your fake smiles don't
go unnoticed
Even though you may think so
For I have known
What real smiles are like
Or have you forgotten
That a gamester
Always sees more than a
looker-on?
So why don't we just make the best of it
You know we can't break free.

I know what it's like
For myself had to
sacrifice too
But it may be more
than you had to
For I have been far too long
in the western world
where they say
Eyes are opened to reality
And where love and pain
go hand in hand
So just put your hand in mine
And let's take the risk
For we're caught
together in this
Yes, you and me.



So come on, come all and read it. Read and be happy... :wink:


peace y'all,
Heilala-O-Haamea
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Postby Heilala-O-Haamea » Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:01 pm

To: Hadar Tapealava.
Forgive me for being vakavaka mu'a he pangai kehe kae tuku au keu post up ho'o reply. Ko e to'o hangatonu mai pe mei he THS Magazine.

GROOM'S REPLY
-Hadar Tapealava

You may think
That I may not be aware
of the goings on
But can't you see it all?
My own impression
mirroring yours?
You may say
That my eyes are shining
But why don't you take
a closer look?
Or can't you tell the difference
Between the star-shining eyes
and swelling tears?

This had to be done
I could have prevented it
if I had the will
But I'm powerless and hopeless
when facing my family and tradition
when coming face to face
with my duties and obligations
So why don't you try
and understand
Or are you so wrapped up
in your own grief
To notice mine
You can be reassured
That this was not my choice.

Your fake smiles don't
go unnoticed
Even though you may think so
For I have known
What real smiles are like
Or have you forgotten
That a gamester
Always sees more than a
looker-on?
So why don't we just make the best of it
You know we can't break free.

I know what it's like
For myself had to
sacrifice too
But it may be more
than you had to
For I have been far too long
in the western world
where they say
Eyes are opened to reality
And where love and pain
go hand in hand
So just put your hand in mine
And let's take the risk
For we're caught
together in this
Yes, you and me.



So come on, come all and read it. Read and be happy... :wink:


peace y'all,
Heilala-O-Haamea
~~5orrow wh!ch !5 n3v3r 5pok3n !5 th3 h3av!35t load to b3ar~~
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