UNTIL THE AFTERGLOW

Oh, I won't be silent & I won't let go

I will hold on tighter 'til the afterglow - Ed Sheeran

 

I remember when summer

Kissed my walking skin warm

Now it seems eternity claims

My body breath spirit brain

 

In the silence of tonight

I will myself to stand upright

Startled slip then almost fall

Into the gravity of it all

 

Angels on the archipelago

Devils in...

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The Origin of Silence

He came like an ancient prophecy

sparked by the howling of the seasons.

Those who pursued him knew nothing of his arts

They did not see him sewn into the four winds

They did not hear him no matter how loud he sang.

In this time of virus and plague true hunger bares its teeth.

A fierce breaking, a shaking and a flailing

A swooning and a sweating, a cruel fever falling

All ab...

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Here Comes The War

HERE COMES THE WAR

Upon the hand that wears the ring

Upon the land where locusts sing

There lies a shadow that begins

To make fools of foolish kings

 

By fear, hunger, hate and pride

By secret tears never cried  

By flood, famine, fire and rod

By supplication to their God

 

Here comes the war

Over the border

Right to your door

Here comes the war

 

U...

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No Worries (for David Gulpilil)

David Gulpilil

From the Mandhalpingu clan of the Yolngu people

Appeared,

as if from nowhere, 

sniffing the air.

When he spoke, it was as if his words

Had always been with us.

We listened as if hearing for the first time

One leg he said in whitefella world

One leg in the dreaming.

 

His story

Fell upon us, like the rain of rains,

Bearing the lineage of his pe...

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AT 68 ( FOR DEBORAH )

AT 68 (FOR DEBORAH)

Older than rain falling from winter sky

Older than light breaking-open the darkness

Older than speck of birds shadowing distant mountains

Yes, older than the first-born star, older than all of this

The biology of eternity is embedded in our skin,

Blood to blood, clan to kin, a tiny grain of time within.

 

Oh, how we danced soul to soul, skin to skin

A...

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COME IN COMMANDER PUNA

OME IN COMMANDER PUNA

(for Annapurna)

Come in Commander Puna there’s no more fighting to be done

The war is finally over and all your enemies are on the run

I know you said the river is where we wash away our sins

But these kind of wounds run deeper than any water on your skin

 

The wound of love, the wound of light

The wounded shadow in the night

One by one they said "S...

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THE CONSTANT BLISS

Broken at birth, broken by fate, broken by love, broken by hate.

Broken by the hand that says too poor, too tall, too small, too thin,

too fat, too fast, too slow, too loud, too quiet, wrong colour,

wrong time, wrong day. Broken by the bottle, broken by the needle,

broken by the trauma, the terror, the anger, the shame.

 

 

Who declared we are broken, who gathered up the missi...

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OURS IS THE ANCIENT DANCE

ours is the ancient dance made of rock and earth

beneath the footprint of time

ours is the beginning of all things

ours is the blue haven of estuary and ocean

ours is the singing of the sun as it rises to kiss the skin of the day

ours is the ancient dance

 

ours are the luminous wings of angels beating so loudly

the mountains shake loose avalanches of stone

our is the en...

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HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (A rumination on The Capitol Hill Riot)

Enough is enough. Your madness is playing out it's deepest conceit.

No-one stole the election. But you would steal democracy.

You provoke, incite, divide, destroy. You sulk, pout, rant, rage, vilify.

While your America is kissed by the lips of a virus that leaves her breathless and dying,

in the swaggering grandeur of self-entitlement you play golf and tweet a polluted stream of omnipo...

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MR PRESIDENT(NO FAKE NEWS)

MR PRESIDENT (NO FAKE NEWS) OFFICIAL VIDEO BY FREDO VIOLA

MR PRESIDENT (NO FAKE NEWS)

There’s a war going on and on and on and on

There’s a war going on and on and on and on

Mr President Mr Chairman

the world is not your apocalypse

&

you are no saviours

&

peace

is not

a bargaining chip

&

missiles

are not

golf clubs or basketballs

&

murder by missi...

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