Lisa Bellear

(2 May 1961 - 5 July 2006 / Melbourne / Australia)

Message Failed - Poem by Lisa Bellear

INDIGENOUS: Our lands are here to welcome
PARLIAMENTARIAN: We do not come in peace
INDIGENOUS: As long, as long ago we offer welcome
PARLIAMENTARIAN: We do not come in peace
INDIGENOUS: An offering from within deep within
PARLIAMENTARIAN: We do not come in peace
INDIGENOUS: Who are your people?
PARLIAMENTARIAN: We do not come in peace
INDIGENOUS: Our custom, begins like this
PARLIAMENTARIAN: We do no come in peace
INDIGENOUS: From the tops of the gum trees, too
PARLIAMENTARIAN: We do not come in peace
INDIGENOUS: Beneath the earth our mother
PARLIAMENTARIAN: We do not come in peace
INDIGENOUS: If you share with our traditions
PARLIAMENTARIAN: We do not come in peace
We do not come in peace
Die just be gone


Poet's Notes about The Poem


First performed and written for Rhapsody in
Motion: Friday 6 April 2001 South Melbourne Town Hall. An
innovative performance exploring 100 since Federation

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012



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