Pikja blong yu lo glas  Hemi naes olsem poem blong mi  Be u hariap bae i lus  Hemi last wan blong mi Mi Laekem Yu
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Bislama poem, translated by Harriet Enoch, thanks to Isabelle

Love poem translated into Bishlamar (bislama, bichelamar). There are 200,000 speakers for this official language in Vanuatu (New Hebrides), which is a pidgin of English and French. There are about a hundred vernacular languages in this archipelago located 540 km northeast of New Caledonia and populated by Melanesians and Polynesians. In northern Vanuatu, the cult of ancestors and the system of grades that hierarchizes society are the main motivators of art: masks, funerary mannequins made up of various plant materials, overmodelled and fully painted in bright colors, figures of carved ancestors on a wood piece, the trunk of an arborescente fern or on the large wooden drums. This art disappears in the center and the south of the archipelago which have different social structures.
Oceanian poems