Ngurunderi and The Last Great Tree

When The Last Great Tree only remains then will Ngurunderi pull down His Canoe from the Milky Way to return to survey the destruction wrought by the strangers who came to the shores of His and Pondi’s once mighty River, Coorong and Lakes, and to The Last Great Tree He will mournfully ask:

‘What has happened here? Who has done this great wrong? Where are my people, my waters, my trees, my plants, my birds, animals and my fishes? Where is my friend Pondi?

The Last Great Tree answered: ‘Ngurunderi! All that you seek are long, long dead and I’m the last of your creation that still remain but soon I will also die.

‘Other people from a distant shore came here to stay and foolishly destroyed all that you and Pondi had made. Your people tried to warn them and pointed out what they were doing wrong but the strangers did not listen.’

‘Why did not these strangers listen to my people? Ngurunderi angrily asked.

The Last Great Tree answered: ‘Their ears were deafened and their eyes were blinded by their endless greed and unquenchable hunger for money and wealth’

‘Rather than forming an intimate physical and spiritual connection with all you had made, as your people had done, the strangers began to destroy all that you and Pondi had made’.

‘Rather than using the plants, animals, birds and fishes that you gave to your people to eat the strangers brought with them their own alien food sources and these alien food sources soon destroyed all you had made. The roots of their alien plants drank all the waters raising the salt as they drank, thus killing all the plants you had made, including my Brothers, my Sisters and I.

Their thirst for your waters was unquenchable’.

‘The excrement of their animals flowed into your waters, polluting it and their feet broke up the Earth you had made.

Their thirst for your waters was unquenchable’.

‘Their industries polluted your waters.

Their thirst for your waters was unquenchable.’

And, what of Pondi? Ngurunderi asked.

The Last Great Tree sadly answered: ‘Pondi died because the waters dried and became polluted and uninhabitable. When Pondi died, your people also then died, and now so must I. Goodbye Ngurunderi. Remember me and all that you and Pondi had made’.

With a last mournful gasp The Last Great Tree died.

Ngurunderi bowed His head and cried. He cried for His waters, His fishes, His plants, His animals, His birds, His people, His land. He cried for Pondi also but most of all He cried for the Last Great Tree as it withered and died before His very eyes.

© Marvyn Frederick McKenzie Snr

Ngurunderi and The Last Great Tree

marvynmc

Hawker, Australia

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