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TITLE: Azaria
By Zillah Williams
11/28/04
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The notes at the end of this poem explain something of its background. I was very caught up in the "Azaria Chamberlain Case" which folk in the USA may have heard of, since Lindy Chamberlain eventually married an American. "Uluru" is the Aboriginal name for "Ayers Rock", the monolithic rock in the Centre of Australia where a dingo took the Chamberlain's baby, Azaria, from a tent. The media, and most Australians at that time, believed that Lindy Chamberlain had murdered her baby. She has been now proved innocent.

Zillah
AZARIA

Uluru from Dreamtime lay beneath the southern sky
Year by year her patient vigil keeping;
Startled in the darkness by a baby's urgent cry
And down through seven years a mother's weeping.

Uluru, reluctantly, in morning sunlight cold,
Sadly gazed upon the outraged land.
Sacrificed uncaringly to man's false gods of old,
Truth, with Justice, lay on bloodied sand.

'Kept-by-God' the tiny child by arms of Love embraced;
Protected from the bitterness of strife.
Circling law and media their prey in menace faced;
Prowling round a grieving man and wife.

But Uluru looked back to when
Truth died before and rose again!



Notes.

Uluru = Ayers Rock
outraged land = because of what deed had been perpetrated
man's false gods of old = pride, prejudice etc.
Truth, with Justice = it was Truth & Justice which were sacrificed
Sacrificed = allusion to rumours that 'Azaria' meant 'sacrifice in the
wilderness'
'Kept-by-God' = the meaning of the name Azariah (masculine version) in
Young's Analytical Concordance
arms of Love = in God's care
Circling law and media = allusion to the Chamberlains being under attack
by the process of law and the media likened to dingo attack.
Uluru looked back = a reference to the time when Jesus Who was 'the Truth'
was sacrificed on Calvary and rose again. A note of hope.

This poem was written for the seventh anniversary of the death of Azaria Chamberlain at Ayers Rock on 17th August 1980. It was written in August 1987.
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