Earlier in the year, St Dominic’s Priory College year 10 English students engaged in the examination of poetry written in response to works of art (ekphrasis). A focus of the unit was to examine First Nation poets, using works of art for inspiration. Students then wrote their own ekphrastic poem in response to works of art by First Nation artists, as a result of an excursion to AGSA.
- Abbey Norman, Secondary Teacher
A loomed large moon beaming
ethereal radiance across the water,
womenfolk young and old by her
timeworn crystalline home,
Shhh… the balmy breath of the
Dancing by the edge of the water,
hoping she carries the gift of life.
Through the hush of the breeze, she
whispers secrets of womanhood
amid her sacred song. Timbre of the
evergreen stringybark wakes in the
night. Richness breaks the surface
of the water, she rises from the
depths, her belly carrying her alluvial
babies. Divine beauty
unrecognisable to any mati. Her
long viscid hair, her brown
timeworn skin, a nature to shelter.
Rising, then silence. Understanding.
Her belly is a beacon. A beacon
whispering ancient secrets. Heard
in the breeze, from the hum of the
dragonfly, the rattle of the snake,
and seen in the eyes of the crocodile.