the old ones sing

the old ones
sing of
long ago

now –
as the
ash and
embers of our
fire
thread their
way to
sky and
stars

now –
I am
earthbound and of the
heavens

the old ones
sing

now –

In 2008 I attended a Women’s conference. The keynote and many activities were provided by the elders and supporters of the Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre. One evening some of us had paint up and danced a traditional dance. Then the elders sang around the campfire and we watched the ash and embers rise into the sky to join the stars.

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