Helen Sheil

Helen Sheil Poems

1. An Other Shame 2/11/2014

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An Other Shame

Take a closer look.
There is a pattern
The words used in the public arena shape attitudes
to those who are ‘other’.
Who are not white, urban, upper class, male, European, wealthy…
Stories are created using these words
that become accepted myths
Then laws are passed adding legitimacy
to the view of what is ‘right.’
How many times will we let this happen
before finding an other way forward?

Was it ignorance or arrogance?
that led the colonisers to call themselves civilised
and Australian native people barbaric
creating myths of a people with no ...

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