Throughout her three year contract
the young teacher in 1950’s Fiji
prepared young Fijians at high school
for university and skilled employment
as Fiji grew into the post war world.
Born to young English immigrants
struggling to start married life
far from Mother England’s poverty
she put herself through university
in New Zealand as her parents
supported their children in education
to higher employment.
A young Englishman taught beside her,
having put himself through university
supported by low income parents through
education to higher employment.
The young couple’s three years together
blossomed richly. Yet each craved the
return home to family and homeland
to support their generous parents.
In great anger they separated to
their far distant homelands never
to meet or communicate again.
In her hospital bed twenty years later
she had met no one else who fulfilled
her. As cancer devoured her last days
…… she wondered …… what if ……
she had gone home with him ……
Previously posted February 2017