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  1. Ode to Dundalee says:
    More deadly speeches
    This time in the rain 
    The crowd was treated 
    to a treble -
    Two water blessings 
    And a smoking!
    
    Dundalee proud warrior 
    of the age
    When will they recognise
    you in school
    and no longer treat
    us like the fool
    
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    Spirits of Pemulwuy, Yagan, Jundamurra
    They join us in the circle
    Round the sacred fire
    While the cops and fire-ees watch on
    Brother Bud sings it up good
    In the place where you stood
    
    In Post Office square that day
    Proud Dundalee, born in Blackbutt 
    You put up a fight for fourteen years 
    Uniting all the tribes against the gubba 
    So they broke your legs and hung you
    from the scaffold like a convict
     
    Now they take your children 
    in another way
    Not with chains
    but with their blind laws
    and no regret.
    
    But we thirty
    We shall not forget
    As we stand
    Cleansed by smoke and rain
    We remember how you fought
    So strong, So true.
    
      - Ian Curr
        dedicated to the warrior
        poet, Dusty (1965 - 2014)

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