Learn More

Francis Duggan


They Knew Of Racism


They knew of racism and police abuse
And for retalitation the Kellys they had an excuse
Ned and Dan Kelly's sister Kate was raped by a man of the law
In the dehumanizing of the Kellys that was the last straw.

The lawman who raped Kate Kelly for his crimes did not pay
And before condemning the Kelly gang and bad things of them say
If the same thing did happen to your family
Than they did would you have acted differently?

In the old Beechworth prison where Ned Kelly served time
For horse stealing that does not seem such a great crime
In a small draughty cell on an earthen floor he slept
In worse living conditions any dog never kept.

Ned and Dan Kelly, Steve Hart and Joe Byrne paid for their ill fame
And each in their own right a legendary name
And though all of them did go to an early grave
It can be said of them that they did die brave.

Glenrowan where the Kelly gang made their last stand
A historical old Town in the Southern Land
Disrespect for their families the lawmen did show
And things might have been different for them did they receive a fair go.

Submitted: Thursday, May 15, 2008

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (They Knew Of Racism by Francis Duggan )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. Stafford's Cabin, Edwin Arlington Robinson
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  9. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Christmas Carol, Sara Teasdale

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. The Natural World, Peter Black
  2. Seasons, Peter Black
  3. Fiery Summer, Peter Black
  4. Cactus, Peter Black
  5. When I'm Far, Peter Black
  6. Vedanta and Timeless Spirituality*, Tushar Ray
  7. Out in the World, Peter Black
  8. Cheap Pops, Peter Black
  9. Palmetto Grove, Peter Black
  10. Oh Christmas Tree, Mr. Spock
[Hata Bildir]