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Enough! – a poem

November 2, 2017 - 17:26 -- Admin

Enough!

 

The island is quiet, tonight

The overlord stalks the fence

Enforcing the peace that is not

Through water, food,

Electricity, and denial

 

Despair remains

And determination

To fight, to dream, to win

We see you from our balconies

Of love and fear

We are not there

But here

And nothing changes, yet

 

Gestapo memories arise

Of concentrating in the camps

Farewell young man – a poem

October 15, 2017 - 18:09 -- Admin

Farewell young man – a poem prompted by the death of a young Aboriginal man in Kalgoorlie in August 2016.

In the blacklight dark
That is my country
White men suit
Themselves to rule
Shining in their world
Of fading fools
While young boys lie
Hooded in our prisons
And boys on bikes die
From driving knife hands
No one asks why
They ‘understand’

The Chanters – a poem

October 10, 2017 - 21:01 -- Admin

The chanters

I have retreated
Not to the mountains
But to the conurbation
That mass of humanity
Spreading itself across the land

And the sea
We cannot forget the sea
For it does not forget us
Or those
Who wave the tide away

Which is what we all do
Do we not?
When reality imposes itself
On a life grown weak by strength
And brave faces

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