Celebrating Indigenous Culture #WATWB August

Welcome to We Are the World – WATWB posts for August 2017.  Our generous co-hosts this month are

Eric Lahti,

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal,

Mary Melange,

Lynn Hallbrooks,

and myself, Simon Falk. We are part of a team and encourage you to visit as many posts carrying the ‘We Are The World’ hashtag (#WATWB) as you would like to read.

In my country of Australia our relationship with our Indigenous brothers and sisters has been mixed. There has been some horrible history. We are very sorry and hope for an ever better present and future.  This post features three stories that have come to my attention in recent weeks.  They all celebrate good news coming from exploring culture.

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Anh Do  could be a WATWB feature in his own right.  Here, I would like to spotlight his portrait of Jack Charles, in the  Art Gallery of NSW as a 2017 entrant in the annual portrait competition, the Archibald Prize. Thanks to Aussie journalist, Siobhan Heanue for tweeting it for me to notice.  What is interesting here is a vivacious portrait of a talented man.  A man, who as an actor shows great promise for his people. Jack lived through being part of a stolen generation.  He was addicted to heroine.  But his acting and activism for indigenous needs shows the light he had become.

img_0439Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu featured in the news recently . His death was a source of sadness to many.  The blind, left-handed guitarist thrilled us with the sounds of his deeply soulful singing.  (OK, I’m left-handed too, and love seeing lefties play.  On with the show!).  Gurrumul’s tones and lyrics would, and still do, take us to places of depth and rest.  Dr G, as he is often known, is a fitting WATWB person for his different ability was a source of life, love and joy to many. Check out his music on youtube. Please note that those clips may contain images of deceased persons. We respect their memory.

 

We celebrate not only the gift of Indigenous culture in art, stage, and music.  But we also celebrate it in history.  The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Jabiru, Northern TerritoryAboriginal people have lived in Australia for a minimum of 65,000 years, a team of archaeologists has established – 18,000 years longer than had been proved previously and at least 5000 years longer than had been speculated by the most optimistic researchers.  

Those archaeology and anthropology buffs out there can find more of that story here.

It all reflects to me a colour,

It sings to me a song.

It tells of a great story,

Saying how do we belong?

How to belong together,

Sharing our creativity,

and giving of our life.

In hearing music from our harmony,

And not the din of strife.

 

Simon C. J. Falk 25 August 2017

 

 

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Scent Of A Train

Scent Of A Train

For Noel Charles “Charlie” Falk, a Station Master

A feeling of

Something ferrous and hot

Wafts into my nostrils.

Is my car alight?

It gave me a fright!

But

The there was no warning

Light or tones.

Then I knew.

Yes, that familiar aroma,

I recalled the sound

Of metal on metal

And its smell,

A scent of a train.

I felt at home

Again,

As memories traveled

To accompany me.

All those homes

We inhabited.

By the rails,

And Dad,

In uniform,

On standby,

Flag and whistle

At the ready,

Ensuring another train

was steady

To recommence

It’s passage.

 

Simon C.J. Falk 21 August 2017

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Scent Of Fresh Soil

Scent Of Fresh Soil

Scent of fresh soil

Graded, rolled and pressed

Against the road.

Bearing a load,

Of functional things,

And a beauty

Borne in being

Itself.

Grained in texture,

And

Present with promise

Of more

Yet to come.

 

Simon C.J. Falk 21 August 2017

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Taking Note of Passing Thoughts and Things

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Taking Note of Passing Thoughts and Things

 

Taking note of

Passing thoughts

And things

And oughts

And

Pausing

On the beautiful;

Bound

By words and pulp

Into a work

Of art

To house

Words and images

That

rouse us.

 

Simon C.J. Falk 11 August 2017

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Dappled Day

Dappled Day

Dappled day

Dotted with the delightful

among the drifting

detritus.

Might we catch

a glimpse

of the delights

amid the drift.

 

Simon C.J Falk 8 August 2017

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Night Air

Night Air

NightAir

Night Air

Night air

Free to share

In lunar delights.

Bobbing

In our sights

From cloud to cloud.

The silence is loud

In its vista.

 

 

Simon C.J. Falk 6 August 2017

 


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Unhinged And Linked In Lost Lines

Unhinged And Linked In Lost Lines

In memory of lines on Enya and Billy Joel that were lost.

 

Unhinged

By the link

In a sonorous voice,

That still

Captivates,

And still

Reminds of a loss

Of lines.

Verses written,

Typed,

Crafted,

In tribute:

But

Gone.

Lost.

Oh, the melody,

The harmony,

Still entices me,

Yet stabs with barbs,

At the loss of lines.

Lines,

Lovingly penned,

But, no longer mine.

 

 

Simon C.J. Falk 6 August 2017

 


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Unhinged By The Lost Moment

Prompted by an excellent post on A Rose Is A Rose called The One That Got Away

Unhinged By The Lost Moment

 

Unhinged

By the words

‘the one that got away’.

Unhinged,

Unmoored,

Cast adrift,

Upon a pond,

Pooling grief

That had

Been forgotten.

Questions opened

Up

Like fissures or chasms,

Swallowing all sense,

Into trenches

Deep

Within

The pool.

What happened?

Where

Did they dare to go?

I may not know.

 

Wait for me.

I did not

Then.

But,

Since then,

I have oft waited

On an answer.

 

 

Simon C.J. Falk 6 August 2017

 


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