M T C Cronin – NEGOTIATION

PEOPLE TELL THEIR STORY
A finely manicured judge
Who wanted to stay in motels
And sight-see several sites

We set up our tables
On the bank of the Hanson river
Shiny white toyota landcruisers

An old woman in a beanie
Becoming smaller and smaller
And more a beanie
A round smooth stone

Men only in their sixties
Spoke of their lives in chains
As younger men

Moving through the scrub
Closer and closer to the ground
Law of land is danced
Mulga seed dreaming

Weeks of evidence dropped
To the bottom of the river|
Pages float like white lies

This ceremony
is the whole reason for the land claim

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