Ali Eckermann

(1963 - / Kaurna / Australia)

GRADE ONE PRIMARY - Poem by Ali Eckermann

I'm sitting up the tree today
And I'm NOT getting down!
I don't feel safe at school no more
Just 'cos my skin is brown.

If I sit here overnight
Will I turn into a bird?
So I can fly away from here
And all the nasty words

'Cos it's no fun being different
Where do I fit in?
Some kids at school are nasty
And their words have such a sting.

You half caste dog, you coon, you boong,
You stinking bloody abo,
I don't know what these words mean -
I know they hurt me like an arrow.

I asked my teacher to explain
And she just slapped me hard
And then when it was lunchtime
I was pushed over in the yard.

So now I'm sitting up the tree
I'll hide from everyone.
I don't understand this place -
I'm only in Grade One.

Comments about GRADE ONE PRIMARY by Ali Eckermann

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (4/20/2018 11:21:00 AM)

    Sadly skin still plays a major role in appreciation. Our world is yet to mature.
    Nicely crafted poem.

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  • Carl Roussell (4/20/2018 5:06:00 AM)

    Bigotry must be a hard lesson for a young child. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/20/2018 4:27:00 AM)

    Oh gosh Ali, that is such a sad song. Hope they grow up soon. They are just not as wise as you. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 20, 2018

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