Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Quotidian Days

men built ships
and sailed to Byzantium
they loved the smell of conquer

on and on, it went

captured by the Turks

and the way changed

and the name changed
death wasn't new but they liked

the feel of it

The Amity, in quotidian days,
contemplating the mischief of weather

headed to a southern shore
and subsequently ferried men's feet
to darker skin
standing in line

for flour and tea

some waited hours in front

some clanked behind
fetching water
turning tricks

Princess Royal Harbour, Albany, was one of the places where the Aboriginal Minang people lived.

For a short time in the winter *maggaro, the Minang people would leave the coast and move inland to hunt possum, wallaby and kangaroo.

With the Amity's arrival and the establishment of the military settlement, the local Minang people were paid in flour or sugar for jobs such as firewood collecting or the fetching of water. They became more and more dependent on European food, resulting in the disruption of their traditional way of life.


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