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My City

~ poem is written partially in Gadigal
with interpretations by Joel Davison

 

A city stands on ancestral lands
Yagu, winima
 
 
I found a void where it is made perfect
 
 
Passing as white, painted up white,
in white rabbit
laughing at white canvas
 
 
Dabuwamili, dyirra, mubi
Badiyangun
 
 
Ignited my life and my love
 
 
Ngaya butbut Gunamamiwa
 
 
A city stands on my ancestral lands
My hands whiter than my ancestor’s hands
My city stands on my ancestral lands
 
 
Gamarabu, guwugu, barrabugu, barrabuwari, darimi
 
 
My city
 

 

 

Now close

 
 
 
Painted white, white, painted white and mourning, we laughed hysterically
 
 
 
 
 
You set my heart on fire
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Today, now, tomorrow,
the day after tomorrow,
for a long time

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