― Juliet Marillier, Wildwood Dancing
From the hollow trees in their native home
them old fellows cut the honeycomb.
On honey and little white grubs they fed,
’cause them young bees was blackfeller’s bread.
That’s why they was so mighty and strong
in their native home in Currarong.
An’ them old fellers’ drink was honey-bul;
honey and water, a coolamon full.
Naked through the bush they went,
an’ never knew what sickness meant,
them native bees could do you no harm,
they’d crawl all over your honey-smeared arm.
But them Eyetalian bees, they’d bung
your eyes right up. When we was young
we used to rob their honey-trees,
Savage! they’d fetch your blood, Them bees
would zoom an’ zing an’ chase a feller
from Bombaderry to Bodalla
Well Old Uncle Ninah, and Billy Bulloo
Old Jacky Mumbulla, King Merriman too,
them fierce old fellers, they’re all gone now.
An’ the wild honey’s still in the gumtree bough.
Chinese. True gold fears not the fire.
POORLY sits, richly warms.
Spoken when people sit on a low stool by the fire. Kelly.
The poor seat makes the rich warming. Gaelic.
The lowest seat is nearest the fire. Irish.
Lowly sit, richly warm.
A dictionary of Spanish proverbs, tr., with illustr. from the Lat., Span …"
When one will not , two cannot quarrel." — Signifying, that two persons cannot quarrel or fight if one of them refuses.
SINGING THE SNAKE
(A poem of Ayers Rock)
Take time to look, look again -
feel the land through your feet;
the Snake will not harm those
who show the proper respect.
Those who rush in must be strangers.
"It will attack strangers."
FOTO - SNAKE IN WEE GARDEN BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2006
WE ARE GOING.
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.
Kath Walker aka Oodgerdoo Noonuccal (1920-1993)
FOTO – “MARSHALL’S” CREEK AT “SOUTH GOLDEN BEACH”.
The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so. (Nicolas Boileau)
FOTO – BILAMBIL COTTAGE JANUARY 2009
ABORIGINAL ACTIVISTS GROUP, QUEENSLAND, 1970S
If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
Defeat isn’t bitter if you don’t swallow it. CHINESE.
CHINESE SAYINGS AND PROVERBS
Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it’s warm and you won’t see the dust on the floor. IRISH.