What Seasons May Come

Image: ABC Indigenous

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” — Victoria Erickson

WHAT SEASONS MAY COME
Sweater on, then sweater off,
one minute sunshine, next rain, 
one minute, cold, the next you’re hot.
go outdoors and run back inside again.

Umbrella up, umbrella down,
hazy sun, over dew drop ground.
Glowing sunrises, heavenly sunsets,
golden saffron, aflame with fiery red. 

Thunder claps and missiles of rain, 
sniffing burnt leaves of fires again.
Southwest winds, freeze air at night, 
early in the morning and at twilight.

Time for hunting and gathering. 
as winter is now foreshadowing. 
In a wonderland of scarlet leaves,
red banksia flowers and gum trees.
 
Elder fella, slowly nods his head,
time to collect and store food he said.
Calling on his mob to: ‘Be prepared’
hunters must gather and be aware. 

Wise men, read Great Earth Mother signs, 
to Australia’s first people, it's ‘DJERAN’ time.
Finding treasures of earthly, bush foods,
Kangaroo, Frogs, Turtles and Emus.

Witchetty grubs, hidden in tree stumps,  
Swan feathers scattered across bush.
Bullrush, seed pods and berries, clumped. 
Native wildlife, is going to sleep now.   Hush.

In this great Western land of Oz, that I live,
reading nature’s omens, is indigenous gift. 
First Australians respect land and seas,
to take from Earth, only what you’ll ‘need’
Victoria Healing  ~ 1.5.2021
CLIMATE CHANGE


Artist: Iluka Art & Design ~ Didgeridoo ~ (Yidaki)

The area that I live in Western Australia is called Nyoongar country, the Nyoongar people acknowledge six seasons, not the commonly used four. These seasons also are not given a specific calendar start and finish date as with nature it is fluid and does not conform to our ridged calendar. The calendar months have been used as a guide only.

AUTUMN

DJERAN – is a cool and pleasant season, represented by the colour Green. Held between April and May. It is known as the season of Adulthood.

The Six Seasons Of The Nyoongar Calendar

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-27/indigenous-season-indicators-wa/100029476

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

‘Find the grass, that made the flour, that made the cake’ ~ Bruce Pascoe

The First Agriculturalists

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging

Disclaimer: I am not an indigenous person of Australia. This information  has come from my research and living and travelling in this magnificent country, that I love.

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