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7 everyday warrior (BELONGING)

Updated: Jan 24, 2023


everyday warrior (belonging) by S. Kian-Judge, Banggu (Bat), Djamalung (Platypus) & Rakali (Water Rat) 2021

autistic…

Aboriginal…

woman…

intersectional warrior.

the Tide flows in

diverted directions, some Fish

never get their turn.

where to belong when your

shape doesn’t fit your skin?

i belong to Country.


little bit Mammal, little bit Bird;

Bat Spirit vibrating, flying

between two worlds.

little bit Rat, little bit Duck;

Platypus daughter carrying

Grandfathers Spear,

Grandmothers Shield.

but only ever

a mob of my own,

wandering the Rainbow Rivers

from Mountains to Sea.


sometimes I feel like

I don’t belong…

I don’t fit comfortably.

but neither does Platypus.

or Bat. or Sea Lion.

split between worlds,

they live whole –

celebrating their ‘weird’

with every breath!

everyday warrior…

fighting to be as I am.

swimming against that

monotonous, violent Tide.

scorched by the Sun.

battered by Storms.

tossed by Wind, Wave, Current

and ear-splitting jet skis.

facing battles of mind and

body, memory and being –

every. day.

it never stops at the intersection

of many worlds and only

two bare feet – webbed,

hook clawed and flippered.

everyday warrior… surviving.

overcoming. shooting through

Water and Sky carrying

warm Winds on my fingertips

and Salt in my nose.


Grandfather Rat –

my worth is my Spear;

Grandmother Duck –

Country is my Shield.

though I may always be

between two worlds,

what more could I need?

standing strong with love,

mob of Ancestors at my back,

I am an everyday warrior

fighting to fly free like Bats

from upside down places -

Never alone.


*Poems and artworks by Sara Kian-Judge 2021



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