A BANABA POEM
Banaba, the former Ocean Island, Republic of Kiribati, was, until 1900 a peaceful island community until it was discovered that they were sitting on top of the richest phosphate deposits in the world. Banaba was not a typical coral atoll but rather a large rock of phosphate that had built up over generations. All that now remains are just a few coral pinnacles of mined-out wasteland.
It is Banaba and the people of Banaba to whom I have dedicated the following poem:
Poem by Dame Jane Resture, Ph.D.