“Who Am I?” by Roneima Teumohenga

Roneima Teumohenga
This poem is a reflection of my journey of having a strong sense of identity as a NZ born Tongan, Tokelaun, Samoan girl.
Rich in radiant red
Amongst the flowerbed
Lies internal beauty that bleeds
Golden pollen beads
For my heilala flowers
Holds many powers
Yet I hold back the feeling of being down
Like a smile hiding a frown
Unsure of what it is
It falls to bits

 

Reaching for a star
It hopes to stretch out far
Something holds it back
Like a mere heart attack
No root boosters to propel it forward
It feels like it is being tortured
Teuila also known as red ginger
The growth of it may hinder
Until I feel confident
I will face the consequent

 

Blooming during the season
Knowing I am Polynesian
I must stand out, without
A shadow of doubt
Displaying my culture
As a work of art, a sculpture
Showing the world the best I can be
All that it takes is to be me

 

LE’O
THE VOICE OF TONGA’S YOUTH
 LE’O IS A SAFE PLATFORM FOR EXPRESSION AND DIALOGUE ON MATTERS THAT MOST CONCERN OUR YOUTH TODAY. WE ARE HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU PIECES CONSTRUCTED AND SUBMITTED TO US BY OUR YOUTH REGARDING THE ISSUES THEY FEEL ARE IMPORTANT AND ARE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT.

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