Between 2 worlds – Russell Irving

Remote Indigenous communities, destitution, sex offender, the intervention, poverty, violence, alcohol, drug abuse, sex offender, the intervention, powerlessness, despair



A ceremony held since the dawning of time

family groups travelling hundreds of miles across potholed tracks in broken down wrecks

Gathering in their hundreds, housed, fed, loved

Sisters and mothers and daughters and grandmothers and aunties preening, sharing, laughing, gossiping

Glistening, proud, muscular sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers painted, gliding and stomping

singing spears quivering

Certain of who they are where they belong

Shaking the earth, calling the ancestors

holding at bay a fractured calling from the west


Night time as dark and silent as our imaginations allow

Night owls, crickets, winds of eternity and loneliness

Kept at bay, placated by clap sticks and ancient voices across ancient lands

biding time,welcoming the dawn


finally a ritualistic cleansing is enacted, a baptisimal rebirth re-affirming all that is eternally eternal

traditional obligations in contemporary livesthumb_IMG_0402_1024

beacons for navigating two complex worlds.


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2 thoughts on “Home

  1. Such an important observation, dear Rathi. The Americans, particularly, the Black American women have taught us critical race theory, in their own struggle against inequality and discrimination. I do hope that we don’t get tired in our own individual and collective struggles in Australia to know and embrace the “other”; and to understand, celebrate and positively negotiate our differences. This struggle is not just of coloured women and men, but shared by those who occupy various socio-political spaces and believe in social inclusion. All the best with your blogging. In solidarity, Lilac


  2. Really enjoying your blog and guest writers Rathi. Dhurka hits the spot about cross cultural experiences. Her views resonate with me both in terms of gender and culture. Growing up in Tasmania I was also criticized for being too independent and was very much frowned on when I left an unhappy marriage. It didn’t do to be too different. Curiously working in Indonesia brought me back to some similar values but in a more tolerant environment, for me anyway. I love the way Dhurka describes her experiences in community nostalgia. Russell’s observations about Indigenous Rangers are also fascinating insights. I have no experience in the outback at all and it’s incredibly helpful to read his articles. I have also mulled over the functionality of arranged marriage as in Dhurka’s post. Might there be a better likelihood of compatability? I am still not sure about that and in fact sceptical about marriage in general. The expectations are way too high for the typical life span in this century. Please keep the posts coming as they are so helpful. Maybe the US will need a ritualistic cleansing after the Presidential Election tomorrow?


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