After the Sarong and Talent judging night for the Miss South Pacific Pageant on Friday, 26th November, 2010, we came out of the Lamana Hotel where the contest took place and as the crowd – the non-Gold Club crowd that is – began to leave the Hotel parking lot, I automatically reached for my camera.
The sky above was aglow with the most awesome moonlight.
As I stood and admired the moon above, I recalled as a child a song I was taught about the moon which goes something like, “…moon, moon, beautiful moon…”. That’s all I can remember unfortunately.
Looking up at the heavens above on that evening I also thought, “…the moon is also shining over England and over all my friends and loved ones…” – I held on to that thought. It was a moment in time. It was as if I had just left England only the day before.
As a songwriter, the moon and moonlight always inspire me. Some of the most memorable songs, at least to me are about the moon and moonlight. Some of the most memorable songs are classics, in my humble opinion and they remain some of my favourite songs for as long as I can remember such as:
“Moonlight and shadows…” – Hawaii
“Moonlight on the beach at Korolevu…” – Fiji
“Sail along Samarai moon…” – Milne Bay Province, PNG
and many more…..
Whilst people were saying their goodbyes to the MSSP contestants and taking photos with them, there was much happy noise around but I just focused on taking shots of the moon – over Lamana that evening.
As I walked away, I couldn’t help thinking that just over a year ago, I was taking pictures of the moon over Middlesex, England…what nostalgia I felt.
I recalled a poem I learnt at Primary School many many moons ago…”The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear and the stanza where it says, “…and hand in hand at the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon, the moon. They danced by the light of the moon”.