Aboriginal Australia Poem by Jack Davis

Aboriginal Australia

Rating: 3.5


To the Others
You once smiled a friendly smile,
Said we were kin to one another,
Thus with guile for a short while
Became to me a brother.
Then you swamped my way of gladness,
Took my children from my side,
Snapped shut the law book, oh my sadness
At Yirrakalas’ plea denied.
So, I remember Lake George hills,
The thin stick bones of people.
Sudden death, and greed that kills,
That gave you church and steeple.
I cry again for Warrarra men,
Gone from kith and kind,
And I wondered when I would find a pen
To probe your freckled mind.
I mourned again for the Murray tribe,
Gone too without a trace.
I thought of the soldier’s diatribe,
The smile on the governor’s face.
You murdered me with rope, with gun
The massacre of my enclave,
You buried me deep on McLarty’s run
Flung into a common grave.
You propped me up with Christ, red tape,
Tobacco, grog and fears,
Then disease and lordly rape
Through the brutish years.
Now you primly say you’re justified,
And sing of a nation’s glory,
But I think of a people crucified -
The real Australian story.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Bradly 26 August 2018

This poem touches my heart deeply. Thank you Jack Davis for this wonderful peace of writing. As an aboriginal transgender I feel constantly under-represented in the arts so thank you. I feel like this is a step in the right direction for aboriginal presence in the arts.

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Aggression of any type to be abhorred. But we see aggression everywhere, and it continues. The aggressors of the Americas, Australia, New zealand have annihilated the aborigines and usurped their habitats and decimated their culture.

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