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In Papua New Guinea a woman can be bought with a string of cowry shells poetry with Kimberly Burnham by James Wainscoat on Unsplash

In Kapauku or Ekari
a language of Indonesia “muka” means peace
“mukamuka” is a great peace or peace that comes after war
the words tell you something
about what is important to this island nation
“muka” also means a valuable cowry
perhaps a homonym
or just describing how peace can be found
in “tedu” calm waters
and how it can be lost
when everyone wants what is valuable
in a place…