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The first day we arrived, under a strong rain,
That night we ate pilau, relieving the pain.
We asked, soaked and with only land to bribe:
"Will ownership help rebuild our tribe?"
But they refused, taking a helmet in hand,
Filled to the brim, a sign to help us mend.
That's how we survived, in a land of spruce.
Maybe you can guess, what they gave us to make truce.

Hint:

In all but the question, you should seek the light,
Because the clues to the answer, are hidden in plain sight!

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    $\begingroup$ This reminds me of a kid's story I read many years ago featuring rot13(gjb gbbgu zvaref yvivat va n yvggyr obl'f zbhgu, trggvat gurve ubzr qrfgeblrq ol n qragvfg naq gura trggvat jnfurq bhg pbzcyrgryl jura ur oehfurq uvf grrgu). I can't quite make this fit everything here though ... $\endgroup$ Apr 21, 2022 at 10:21

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The first day we arrived, under a strong rain,

first

That night we ate pilau, relieving the pain.

pilau, relieving

We asked, soaked and with only land to bribe:

soaked

"Will ownership help rebuild our tribe?"

Will ownership

But they refused, taking a helmet in hand,

helmet

Filled to the brim, a sign to help us mend.

brim, a sign - a name of the breadfruit tree

That's how we survived, in a land of spruce.

spruce

Maybe you can guess, what they gave us to make truce.

flowers - as an acrostic of the trees and reminds me of Riddled and Dismembered

Title: A tribe's misfortune - A short poem

A short

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  • $\begingroup$ Stunning! Solving this on Earth Day makes it even better! $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Apr 22, 2022 at 12:35

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