Francis Duggan


Oodgeroo Noonuccal - Poem by Francis Duggan

Oodgeroo Noonuccal known to many as Kath Walker was a very famed Aboriginal Australian poet
She was a leading spokesperson for her people and a fine writer and a literary figure of note
Proud to be a descendant of the first Australians she was a credit to her Tribe and Race
Amongst the indigenous Peoples of Australia she is one of those who commands a high place.

Kath Walker she was known by for many years but as Oodgeroo Noonuccal she died
A proud descendant of the First Australians and on her heritage she took a great pride
Her book of poems 'My People' is a beauty and she is famed beyond Australia's shore
A credit to her Nation and her people her legend may live on forever more

For years she worked for respect for her people and she was one who strove hard to unite
The Indigenous people and other Australians she tried to bring together black and white
Her poems show her to be a non racist person it was by good example she did lead
For Race Relations she did more than her share and more like her we certainly do need.

Descended from the People of the Dreamtime many of her great poems surely will live on
She never will be one of the forgotten though the breath of life from her forever gone
Oodgeroo Noonuccal known to many as Kath Walker assuredly was a poetic great
And amongst the finest poets of Australia she is one that the Literary critics rate.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 7, 2008



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