Lisa Bellear

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

Beautiful Yuroke Red River Gum - Poem by Lisa Bellear

For Northlands Secondary College Mobile Rebel School

Sometimes the red river gums rustled
in the beginning of colonization when
and other Kulin nations
sang and danced

Not too long and there are
fewer red river gums, the
Yarra Yarra tribe’s blood becomes
the river’s rich red clay

There are maybe two red river gums
a scarred tree which overlooks the
Melbourne Cricket Ground the
survivors of genocide watch
and camp out, live, breathe in various
parks ’round Fitzroy and down
St Kilda

And some of us mob have graduated
from Koori Kollij, Preston TAFE,
the Melbin Yewni

Red river gums are replaced
by plane trees from England
and still
the survivors

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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