L is for the LANGUAGE OF THE LAND

LEAF LIZARD ON OLD WOOD.

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They say its an ancient land. I don’t quite know what that means but its my land. Frizztext spoke of Language as Lifeform.

LANGUAGE = LIFE FORM

“One can easily imagine a language consisting only of orders and messages in battle
or a language consisting only of questions and an expression of affirmation and negation.
And countless others. To imagine a language means to imagine a life form.”
Quotation (translated by frizztext), introducing Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951), Austrian-born philosopher, professorship in philosophy at the University of Cambridge(1939 – 1947); more at Ludwig Wittgenstein

QUESTION:

  • Do you like to ask questions?
  • Do you accept orders immediately? Which made problems?

THE L YAAN : FRIZZTEXT featured an image of massed young girls in a synchronised performance and he asked the two questions up above. It is not a common thing to see Australians obediently following any orders, especially en masse. As you know, I have lived all my life in Australia and this is the only culture I have belonged to. Let me get my thinking in order. We have the ancient languages here. Just down the way is Muurbay Language Centre. http://www.muurrbay.org.au/

White Australia began as a Convict settlement and one of my ancestors was an Irish Rebel woman who was sent here for LIFE. Australians are known as larrikins  and rogues and obedience to the language of orders doesn’t come naturally. It certainly doesn’t to me. I like to ask questions and I dislike being organised or told what to do – EVER.

The Language that speaks most clearly to me is the Whispering Language of the Land. The Lifeform of my Valley. I understand this language.

The rustle of the leaf lizard on old wood.

The silent night weave of the small spiders.

The roll of the hills and the curling cadence of the valleys

The grating of the Galah.

The thundering splatter of storms from the Sea.

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This is the Language that I speak best. This is the Form that my Life has taken.

Incoming tides and mumbling mountains.

The splash of oars.

And the beat of wings.

This is my language.

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bird at gate

THE LANGUAGE OF THE LAND.

Best leave you with the LORIKEETS. They come each morning to be fed on bread and honey and milk. They squark and bicker and rouse.

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ttp://www.muurrbay.org.au/languages/

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About nellibell49

LYNNE SANDERS-BRAITHWAITE (BELL) . AN ESTUARINE ELDERWOMAN OF URUNGA IN THE BELLINGEN SHIRE OF NSW AUSTRALIA
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