The Rain Serpent (I)
I remember a time when my meals would consist of the bounty of the sea and yields of the land. A time when the grass grew unchecked, the trees majestic in their splendor. A time when different species of birds sang sweet lulling songs in the quietness of the jungle and the rivers and streams teeming with fish. A time when the iTaukei worked the farms, fished the seas and did just about everything collectively.
Then the rain began to fall. Almost unnoticeable at first. But one by one, those majestic trees started to disappear, taking the song birds with them. The streams resided to a trickle and the fishes disappeared.
The slight drizzle slowly gaining momentum until the downpour was torrential.
The iTaukei was not prepared by the suddenness of this calamity.
Industry and modernization had arrived way to fast for the iTaukei to adequately adapt to the changes.
Communism gave way to individualism as the rain continued to snake its way through the iTaukeis way of life.
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