The Market at the Center of the Universe
(I met this man in Nohang village on Manus, Papua New Guinea. I attempted to transcribe the pidgin as he expressed his welcome to us, and his feeling of pride and satisfaction about his home. He was very rooted in his place, and reminded me how rootless I am at the moment.)
“You makem comin long ways from America, an den Australia,
and den Papa Nugini an Por Moresbee an den comin aroun Manus to Pere Villij,
den you comin to Nohang villij to our market.
We have a partnership with Pere villij people.
We givin de bananas and pineapples and sweet potatoes
and dey givin the fish,