Roots

Issue EightIssue Eight PoetryPoetry

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By Marilyn Humbert

 

west of Alice Springs

the Finke River rambles

roots of ancient eucalypts

Namatjira paints his soul

 

ghost gums

of shadowed valleys

anchored in rusty soil

sure strokes build purple hills

splintered grass

the blood-stained horizon

rimmed by knuckles of rock

 

Namatjira wanders

beneath corymbia

tasselled leaves

on sparse branches

netting stars and moon

beside waterholes

frilled with cabbage palms

gathering with kin

 

elders sing

dreamtime stories

feet tamp the circle

sparks rising unhindered

through eucalypt crowns

where the Finke River roams

Namatjira mixes pigments

with water of this land