Municipal Gum Poem by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Municipal Gum

Rating: 4.3


Gumtree in the city street,
Hard bitumen around your feet,
Rather you should be
In the cool world of leafy forest halls
And wild bird calls
Here you seems to me
Like that poor cart-horse
Castrated, broken, a thing wronged,
Strapped and buckled, its hell prolonged,
Whose hung head and listless mien express
Its hopelessness.
Municipal gum, it is dolorous
To see you thus
Set in your black grass of bitumen-
O fellow citizen,
What have they done to us?

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Rajnish Manga 03 November 2016

The landscape of city life with its nature of life has been presented beautifully. The part which deals with the cart-horse used as an analogy to the kind of life of a common man is unbeatable.

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idk 09 August 2022

bro ur racist

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Understand old one 13 June 2022

Analysis the poem

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NiggaBitch 16 May 2018

This is racist. I don't like how she talks about being animals and that they have no rights.

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meeboop 16 March 2022

to, person.

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nina mavunda 06 March 2022

How doe that make it racist though? do you even know what racism is

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NiggaBitch 16 May 2018

This is racist. I don't like how she talks about being animals and that they have no rights

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M Asim Nehal 03 November 2016

A life in the city nicely portrayed.....10

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