Flashback Friday: 2011 Prize for Poetry winner
2011 Poetry Award winner Jimmy Drekore and Crocodile Prize co-founder Keith Jackson.

The eve of Independence Day in 2011 was a momentous occasion for the Crocodile Prize and Papua New Guinean literature as the inaugural Crocodile Prize Awards were held in Port Moresby.

There was a celebratory atmosphere as prizes were awarded for short stories, poetry, essays and women’s literature.

The first ever Poetry Award was won by Jimmy Drekore, who explained that he likes to “paint using words”, an approach exemplified with his reflective, sombre piece Walking Barefoot to be Educated.

Walking barefoot to be educated

by Jimmy Drekore

Quick little steps 
Closing little gaps 
We walked together 
Walking bare footed 
To be educated 

School was far away 
We were on our way 
Walking bare footed 
To be educated 

We shared breakfast
We walked really fast 
Walking bare footed 
To be educated 

One time we came late
Strolling through the gate 
We were at the door 
Eyes on the floor 
We stayed together 
He looked at us 
With a strong voice he told us 
We would be punished together
We came bare footed
To be educated

Other time scissors in his hands 
We had no chance 
Airstrip on our head 
We felt really bad 
We stood together 
We came bare footed 
To be educated 

One cold morning
It was pouring
We came late again
We couldn’t bargain
Meter ruler in his hands
We had no chance
Hit him on the head
Hit me on my head
Our tears fell together
We came bare footed
To be educated

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