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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Declared by UNESCO in 1999, today is World Poetry Day - a day to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry.

We Are Going - Oodgeroo Noonuccal

They came in to the little town

A semi-naked band subdued and silent
All that remained of their tribe.
They came here to the place of their old bora ground
Where now the many white men hurry about like ants.
Notice of the estate agent reads: 'Rubbish May Be Tipped Here'.
Now it half covers the traces of the old bora ring.
'We are as strangers here now, but the white tribe are the strangers.
We belong here, we are of the old ways.
We are the corroboree and the bora ground,
We are the old ceremonies, the laws of the elders.
We are the wonder tales of Dream Time, the tribal legends told.
We are the past, the hunts and the laughing games, the wandering camp fires.
We are the lightening bolt over Gaphembah Hill
Quick and terrible,
And the Thunderer after him, that loud fellow.
We are the quiet daybreak paling the dark lagoon.
We are the shadow-ghosts creeping back as the camp fires burn low.
We are nature and the past, all the old ways
Gone now and scattered.
The scrubs are gone, the hunting and the laughter.
The eagle is gone, the emu and the kangaroo are gone from this place.
The bora ring is gone.
The corroboree is gone.
And we are going.'


Since 1966 it's also been the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This was in response to the 69 people killed by the police at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid pass laws in Sharpeville , South Africa in 1960. Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Nelson Mandela.

10 Comments:

  • At 1:36 am, Blogger Liz said…

    A very nice choice. Thank you for sharing. :)

     
  • At 1:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A beautiful post.

     
  • At 7:59 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Glad you enjoyed it. Oodgeroo was one of my fave writers at school. I remember being introduced to her stories about the Dreamtime in primary school when she still went by the name Kath Walker. She was a remarkable woman.

     
  • At 8:05 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    BTW did you notice that you both posted at the exact same time?! Freaky!

     
  • At 12:08 am, Blogger Liz said…

    Maybe I should play the lottery today... ;)

     
  • At 7:44 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    I hope you win Liz!

     
  • At 11:02 am, Anonymous antonia said…

    This is really beautiful. As Liz said thanks for sharing.

     
  • At 5:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great mandela quote their

     
  • At 5:48 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Antonia: it is nice, isn't it?!

     
  • At 5:49 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Anon: glad you like the quote too - he's an inspirational man!

     

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