cry the wounded land
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God the other night I was driving and I made a big mistake - I asked what you wanted to say. And right out of the blue you said ‘MARK WALK GENTLY ON THE LAND’.
Yes. Is there a problem?
Yes there is! You know there is!! That’s an indigenous sort of thing to say and I’m white. I had absolutely no idea what you were talking about and then I arrive at that meeting in Kawerau and David Garratt’s talking all about the land.
So what’s wrong with that?
God if David hadn’t been talking about it I might have been able to forget that you said it, pretend that you hadn’t.
Why would you want to? I don’t want you to forget it Mark.
But I do God! It’s too deep and I don’t know enough about it.
You asked me what I wanted to talk about. This morning I want to talk about the land. Is that ok?
No it’s not ok God! The subject’s too big, too dangerous. You don’t read much about it in the bible.
Yes you do.
Well God if no one else was listening then it wouldn’t be so bad! I mean I’d still be out of my depth, I know nothing
about spiritual matters surrounding the land, but if you
insist on talking about it, then why not do it in private??
That way I could learn what you were saying without annoying anyone else.
Why is it important what others think?
Because this is going to polarise people’s thinking God. And that’s crazy because I don’t even know which side I’m on. I’m white and I don’t understand the issues. And it’s not a subject I want to divide people’s thinking on. It’s not
my subject God. My subject is setting people free from Religion.
By having a back and forward conversation with you.
Exactly - this is a back and forward conversation Mark.
God you’re impossible!! Anyway, talking about a conversation with you gets me in enough political trouble without having to start talking about the whole
white/indigenous thing. It’s too big God. It’s huge in just about every colonised country. And what do I know about it?? Nothing at all!!
I want to teach you about it.
Really?? I’m ignorant about this God and I think I’d like to stay that way!! I’d like to stay out of this if I could – the implications are just waaay too big. I’ve read a little bit of the history and I realise it’s nothing like what we got taught at school. I’ll admit I am horrified at some of the stuff we did, but I’m white God, so I have plenty of reasons to think that maybe it wasn’t so bad. As I said, the subject’s just too big.
So you want to sit on the fence?
Well no, but there’s no point making myself unpopular talking about something I don’t have a strong view point over. I just know that it’s a big can of worms I’d rather not open. Getting caught in crossfire when you’re not
involved is silly. The wounds are too deep God.
You’re involved Mark. I want you to explain the historical accounts you’re talking about.
No!! Not really God? Not here?
Because they’re stories that demand answers and I don’t have any.
I do though.
You mean Orakau?
I mean Orakau.