As I reach the last 30 or so countries in my Read the World Project, it is becoming more and more difficult to find a text for some of these smaller countries. Those countries might have writers, whether that’s of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, but they may not have had their work translated into English or have it readily available here in the UK.
So for Nauru, a small island country in Oceania region off the coast of Australia I did some digging and found one poem available online by a Nauruan poet. From my understanding Joanne Ekamdeiya Gobure has written a lot of poems but there’s just this one that has been shared online.
I am not a religious person (I may have been christened a Catholic but I’m really an atheist) but “A Beautiful Prayer” is the kind of idea of God I can get behind. It’s about a person asking for things from God but being told that the things they want changed or given to them aren’t the point. That they have the skills and ability to make changes to their life as long as they work for it, and likewise, things that they may seen as a flaw or an obstacle aren’t seen the same way by God.
“A Beautiful Prayer” is available to read at Bruce’s Poems.