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Nurambang yali – Country speaks

This poem is written partially in Wiradjuri.

 

It’s been too long since I sat on granite in my
Country and thought

Too many years since I breathed this air –
Bunyi-ng – ganha
Felt this dirt – Ngamanhi Dhaagun
Smelt this dust – Budha – nhi Bunan

Listened for the sounds of her words that say
“Balandha – dhuraay Bumal-ayi-nya Wumbay
abuny (yaboing)” - History does not have the
first claim. Nor the last word.
Nghindhi yarra dhalanbul ngiyanhi gin.gu  
“You can speak us now!”

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