Dust Upon Her Feet

25 Nov


 Many Miles and Lifetimes

You Have Walked

The Lands of Your Birth

Oh Little One of the Soil

And Crossed the Lands

Of Tradition and Tribal Lore

Older Than When

Time Began

You Seek Of That

From Whence Your Soul

Was Born

 In The Dawn of Your Journey

I Take You by the Hand

A Hand Wizened

With The Beauty

For Which You Seek

Walk With Me

Oh Little Spirit of the Soil

And Share the Splendour

Of That Which We Own

Behold the Moonlight

Upon Your Path

Illuminating the Dwellings

Of The Earth Spirits Soul

 See the Colours Reflecting

In The Moon Spirits Eyes

Upon The Stillness

Of The Quiet Waters

Hear the Sounds

Of The Spirits

Of The Night

And Look Beyond

The Brolgas Flight

Up To the Spirits of the Sky

Twinkling in the Beauty

Of Your Smile

Feel the Soft Tender Kiss

Of The Wind Spirit

Upon Your Lips

 Come Closer Little One

Of The Soil

And Heed These Words

I Trust

To Your Little Soul

And On Your Journey

Through This Life

Keep These Words

Upon Your Heart

What Lies Beneath

The Heavens and Skies

Belongs To All

And You and I

 I Take My Leave

Oh Little One of the Soil

For We Must Part

Look For the Elder

That You Seek

For She Will Take You

By The Hand

And Show To You

Your Birth right

And Your Land

This prose was written after a trip to Oodnadatta in 2007 with my then partner on a reunion of descendants of the Australian Aboriginal stolen generation

The words came to me after I sat and watched our outback indigenous children playing in a land and in a way that was so remote from what children in the mainstream of white society could ever feel or hope to experience

This prose is the story of an elder of a young girls tribe taking her by the hand and walking her back to her mother and in the final analysis of the words he takes her back to her mother

 Her mother being her land



Posted by on November 25, 2010 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “Dust Upon Her Feet

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    May 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Shame the image wouldn’t work, but I loved the words.

    I realise you’ve been blogging a LONG time!

    • The Emu

      May 26, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Good evening Noeleen, thanks for the visit, must apologise for the delay in catching up on your blogs but be sure they are flagged for reading as I try to read all my friends blogs. Not sure how long I have been blogging Noeleen but have stacks of poetry in Aussie Ian and all sorts of bits and pieces in Emu. Sometimes I get writers block or bored and need a break.
      Hope you and Daniel are doing fine.
      Wishing you well dear friend.

  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    November 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Beautifully put together, I often think on how the indigenous tribes around our world have been so cruelly treated, All of them have connected with that Earth Spirit and have taught us how to live in harmony with the Earth Mother, and the Land… Many with ancient knowledge of how to survive and communicate with nature, a skill modern day man has lost how to do, as he is so caught up in his world of gadgets… But it will be these tribesman and women who will survive as once more the Earth returns us to the Dust… For they know the true meaning of Life and Why we are here.. Thank you for sharing these memories…..

  3. Beth Marie

    November 26, 2010 at 3:55 am

    This is excellent Ian! Very interesting and sad too.

  4. Lady Jude

    November 26, 2010 at 1:07 am

    What terrible things happened in the past. I hope now that the Aboriginals of Australia are treated with the respect that they deserve.

  5. prenin

    November 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Beautiful words Ian, but they make me upset and angry for those who suffered so needlessly.

    God Bless my friend.



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