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Friday, 11 January 2013

Municipal Gum by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) (Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska)

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?


Date: 1966

By: Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) (Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska) (1920-1993)