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White Clover Roots

by Erin Coull (Australia)

May 2023

Write the World Review

Audio: “White Clover Roots,” read by Clare McFadden

How can I call myself Australian
when I live on stolen land?

These white-clover roots of mine
are weeds in the sun-scorched soil,
strangling the buttongrass,
Crowding out the honey reed.

So give me your blessing, iron-red dirt—
Open your arms and tell me I'm home
Or spit me out of this land forever.

And how can I call myself Australian
when I don't even know what that means?

This blood of mine is pasteurised,
boiled down from Ireland, England, Scotland and France—
I don't belong here;
but my homelands were never mine either.

So give me your blessing, o vast night sky
Or guide me away through the gaps between stars,
To some place I can really call mine.

Note: “Gaps between stars” is a reference to Australian Indigenous astronomy, the art of charting not the stars themselves, but the dark spaces in between.

Erin Coull, age 17, is a performance poet and podcaster living in lutruwita, Australia. Her work explores culture, place, relationships and moths.

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3/9/24, 12:43 AM

This was absolutely a good read! 😃

Ushing Mya

11/24/23, 4:42 PM

I'm amazed by your deep perception towards little things of life! Keep glowing dear Taieba.

Fatima Ismail

10/4/23, 10:28 AM

I'll like to see more of your writing

Fatima Ismail

10/4/23, 10:26 AM

Gsk I love it!

dont care

10/3/23, 7:58 PM

womp womp


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9/29/23, 2:03 AM

Wow..just wow. Ridiculous words I know. I just stumbled across your poem as this is my first time on the website and I landed this masterpiece. As an immigrant myself, I could relate to several aspects of this. Your use of imagery, symbolism, and allusion is outstanding


9/17/23, 8:43 AM

Powerful. Spreading the truth some don't think about, some don't have to worry about. A great and strong piece.

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Aisha Yaakub

8/25/23, 10:35 PM

Excellent and amazing

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