An Elder's Passing
A poem by Jonathan Hill
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The library of this land resides within your mind a tapestry of knowledge spanning from the dawn of time. I ponder all the secrets you've taken to the grave the stories and the songlines of how this land was made. The location of sacred places including ceremonial sites traditional bush remedies and endless bush tucker delights. To convey these ancient truths many languages you used but with your death they're diluted with one less teacher for the youths. I reflect on the cultures crushed in the creation of this nation and wonder how many Australians know the extend of devastation. Only one source of solace soothes the growing grief as you descend into the Dreaming you are finally at peace. 
Jonathan Hill is a non-Aboriginal author.
Homework: Reflect on this poem
- What is 'the library of this land'?
- Which means did Aboriginal people have to record their history?
- What are the consequences of their situation?