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Blackfella: Down Under: Poem 8 of 10: All the Fallen Honkey Nuts

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Sonnet: All the Fallen Honkey Nuts

by John Kendall Hawkins


All the fallen honkey nuts I trip on

on my way to the post box to get news,

all fallen from red gum trees, I slip on

them night and day. Roots in poor soil, they exude

red ooze, bloodwoods, like menstrual bark gashes

having daily monthlies, fallen egg nuts,

Corymbia calophylla, ass is

sore for days, kneading rubs from honkey sluts.

Well, the Noongar call the red gum marri,

they don't trip; they call the red ooze mayat

and, counterintuitively, gory

wounds are stanched, roos tanned, bad breaths made quiet.

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