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Rain dancing...

By Paul Collis

Barkindji:

Wathu,  wiimpatja -  wathu Punritj
  Make it, watharna,
                  
Watharna kumpatja makarra.
Grandfather, Miikika, speak Barkindji to me.
Yaparra yaamari. Yaamari.                                    
Stay Miikika. Paljarta (wait). Don’t leave ngina
Make the ...

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Un-named

By Paul Collis

This poem is partially in Barkindji.

 

he strode the bank of the Darling, a stranger.
And claimed it his.(Spit)
The stranger on the banks…
- that white Jesus, didn't ...

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The Disappearing

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Barka – murrdie (Darling, black person)

By Paul Collis

This poem is partially in Barkindji.

 

Murrdie - Barka

Black person - my darling.

Barka, Barka, murrdie Barkindji murrdie

My darling, my darling, black Barkindji person

Nga, kappa

I will follow.

Nhantarna ...

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Ngayrayagal didjurigur (Soon enough)

By Joel Davison

Ngayrayagal didjurigur
Soon enough

Soon enough

Birragu gudjibi
Hollow and decayed
Wurral gujimay
Sluggish and blinded
Wiribay dagura
Worn out and cold

Dudbadjami
You concealed yourself
Nanga
Sleepy
Wulumi Birragu ...

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The Wounded Brave

By Joel Davison

This poem is written partially in Gadigal.

 

Bayawurradyangun, djirrundyangun
We are all wounded, we all fear
Ngabay midyungngunbuni ngaliya
Together, you and I, we will heal

Narangla ngaramila, ganunigang bayawurra ...

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Banggang Cūndū (Old Tree)

By Joel Deaves

Gumea Dharawal:

Nandhirra ngundāmurrajāng ngala walbūgging ngia
Nandhirra ngundāmurrajāng ngallaēnmarri māndijāngwūlunyun ngia
Ngaradha yanggamarri ngūranyaga ngia
Wadgamānya ngundāmurrajāng būlwūlpa galina
Ngaradha jerralali yagiabilla ngia
Būwnj ngurajāng dharundharung gilinya ngia

Nandhirra ...

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Ngurrparringu (Forgotten)

By Matthew Heffernan

In Pintupi-Luritja English in italics
(with assistance from Lavinia Heffernan)

 

Irriti ngurra Warumpila ngayulu nyinapayi. Pulinguru walpangku ngyunya yunpa pampunu.

 A long time ago, I lived on the land of ...

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Nginha-gulia nyiang – These words

By Jeanine Leane

This poem is written partially in Wiradjuri.

 

These words cry out and I hear them – learn to mould
and shape them like clay.
There should have been a time for ...

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The Gatherers

By Jeanine Leane

This poem is written partially in Wiradjuri.

 

Gunhinarrung learnt to gather – map Country
with little feet as morning’s pink horizons bring heat
and light to long-water Murrumbidgee women gather ...

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Nurambang yali – Country speaks

By Jeanine Leane

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 ...

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Yanha-mam-birra – Release

By Jeanine Leane

This poem is written partially in Wiradjuri.

 

The space of my emptiness is a chasm so deep so wide
I’ll fall to endless nothing without your words to cross ...

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Ban Maganindadjyang (My Old People Done)

By Jacob Morris

Gumea-Dharawal

Waagl Ngura Ngiagaang, Ban Gili Maganindadjyang
Naantharra Ngura Ngiagaang, Ban Gili Maganindadjyang
Gunama Ngura Ngiagaang, Ban Gili Maganindadjyang
Yanggam Ngura Ngiagaang, Ban Gili Maganindadjyang
Krabre Ngura Ngiagaang, Ban Gili ...

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Mina Mina en Moruya

By Lyndsay Urquhart

Drawing on Dhurga, Dharawal and Darumba Languages:

Yabun, where are you?
Travelling – Bimeringal daragan to Gadu
Tarrawarra and gunyu’s go to rest.
Moruya.

 

English:

Speak up, where are you ...

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Mudjis and Yiliman (Friends and Spears)

By Lyndsay Urquhart

This poem uses words from Darumba, Dhurga, Dharawal, Tharawal.

 

Reach to the birrung, if you dare
For our ancestors they live there

Ngura bugiya
            I hear yesterday
Yukon guwin
            speak ...

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Baladjarang

By Adrian Webster

Gumea Dharawhal:

Naandthara cūndūlali ngia, naandtha ngiagaan
Naandthara gūrabānlali ngia, naandtha ngiagaan
Naandthara budjahnlali ngia, naandtha ngiagaan
Naandthara nudjūng ngia, naandtha ngiagaan
Naandthara Ngurra ngia, naandtha ngiagaan
Naandthara ngiagaan ngia ...

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