week 4 vigil july 6 2013

6th July 2013

It was not so cold on the steps tonight but it was wet.

It was lovely to be joined by Jo Prior, Kath Prior, Jill Prior, Atticus Prior and Tallace. They all came up from Melbourne for the day and to sit the vigil. I could feel Barry Prior’s presence in the night sky. And at the end Kathy played ‘I am Woman’, (a Prior tradition and the song that Barry Prior would sing to his children from very young), and we sang and shouted along. Tonight was a fitting tribute to the legacy of care, courage and love that Barry leaves.

I will try to upload some photos of the vigil over the next few days.

Tonight I am thinking of the poem, ‘Make A Whistle from my Throat’ that I posted last night. And I am imaging the desolation of being silenced, cries unheard, lives unacknowledged, passions and pains stomped on.

May we remember those who are incarcerated.
May we remember those in refugee camps.
May we remember those in war zones.
May we remember those trying to get to Australia.
May we remember those who are sent back to the terror they have tried to escape. May we remember.
May we remember.

I was thinking about the post I wrote last night and wanted to add to that an acknowledgement of those who have and continue to fight for rightful recognition of Jaara Jaara people and their country.

May we remember those who have come before.
May we remember those who have fought and those who fight.
May we remember the past beauties
May we remember the past suffering.
May we remember the joys and sufferings that make the present.
May we remember those who remain – sustaining and sustained by this beautiful country.

I will be sitting on the steps of the Castlemaine Market Building from 5pm – 6.30pm tomorrow evening, Sunday 7th July 2013. Drop in to sign the petition or sit with me a while should you like.

Janet Galbraith

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