first people

Middens, Young Husband Peninsular
Middens, Young Husband Peninsular

foreshore middens     the hearth stories      of first people

the smoothed shells     of forgotten meals     windblown sand

in dunes    with not a human footprint     I lay mine

an ancient sadness     in his eyes    the old aboriginal man


Haiku Horizons prompt “first”

25 thoughts on “first people

    1. Thanks Alice. I’ve been trying to write about these middens for some time. using ‘first peoples’ brought it together. I still haven’t caught the extent of them, they go for many miles and are very remote. it’s rare to see any other people.

        1. Yes it’s my pic. in this area (Wreck Crossing) the middens are behind the first dune from the sea. a 50 metres or so at their closest. a wide valley runs there between the 1st dune and the major dune complex. a couple of hundred metres wide. It runs as far as the eye can see in both directions. the whole area is white with shell remains but there are concentrated mounds. and this photo is a detail of one of them. The aboriginal people who live here are called Ngarrindjeri. they were in quite large numbers (before Europeans settled) because the area is so diverse.
          here are some links. I haven’t read all of the 2nd one yet but am looking forward to it. the photo on page 9 is very similar to where we visit. The coorong area is just an amazing place.

        2. Oh Alice, thank you. what a wonderful man. Ervin said of the interview, ‘A bit expensive in tissues.’ i.e. he got very emotional. Off now to look up Wendell Berry’s poems. Cheers

        3. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. I thought you might. Jeremy at sandounty keeps me up on all the best speakers and writers for environmental issues. He put a tab on his blog for videos just so I can go back and watch things.

          My husband has gotten into middens over your work. He was born and raised in Oregon (USA). He’s followed on to learn about tribes on the Oregon coast and their middens.

          There’s so much to learn. 🙂

      1. From what I’ve read, I don’t think that’s possible! Your work and insights into haiku are inspiring…and I’m really honored to have you as a follower. I hesitate to even call the “haiku” that I write haiku…it certainly doesn’t seem to fit the classic lineage of haiku…but them I’m just a haiku toddler…learning to walk though! Thanks so much for your work and your time!

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