David Keig

Rookie - 13 Points (1951 / UK)

The Stolen Generation - Poem by David Keig

They took me from my mother
But I didn’t even know
I was just a few months old
And she knew not where I’d go
She was a big black woman
I don’t know about my dad
Its now I have my grandchildren
That I’m starting to feel sad
I have blue eyes and had blonde hair
But it’s now greying gradually
I couldn’t say I was an Abo
Or they’ take the brush to me
Scrub away your blackness
Said the nuns in the Church school
Religion’s here to save you
But you must obey our rules
Rule one – you just be grateful
You’re in white society
Rule two – you must be silent
And accept humility
I scrubbed and scrubbed my body
Till I couldn’t scrub no more
The scrubbing didn’t make me white
Just made my skin red raw
I was made to feel ashamed you see
Of being just what I am
And those bastards in the priest house
Were even crueller than
Those who’d broke a family
And split us up at birth
That’s why they should say sorry
For all that they are worth.

Comments about The Stolen Generation by David Keig

  • Haile Tesfaye (5/28/2019 3:19:00 AM)

    A great poem about the hash history. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/16/2019 12:03:00 AM)

    you man you really got it down there (Report)Reply

    (3/16/2019 12:05:00 AM)

    you i no right

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  • (1/7/2019 2:07:00 PM)

    I love dis poem I just wish I can be a poet like u (Report)Reply

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  • (10/8/2018 7:36:00 PM)

    I find this poem very tasteful
    I enjoyed it so.

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  • (7/30/2018 8:20:00 PM)

    Your poem is too literal. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/5/2018 11:44:00 PM)

    hi I liked your poem it was just to long and I have studied about the stolen generation it was pretty cool reading all those facts but sad at the same time
    just wondering how did you think of all those stuff to write were they in your studies?

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  • (5/2/2018 1:24:00 AM)

    It has gone cold. Rigor mortis has set in. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/22/2018 9:11:00 PM)

    Why did you write this poem (Report)Reply

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  • (4/20/2018 7:25:00 PM)

    It was sadder that u wrote this poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/19/2018 4:04:00 PM)

    Can you plz tell me what's the main idea for this poem (Report)Reply

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  • (8/29/2017 3:46:00 AM)

    Hello David, I read your poem and I was really touched. In my studies I learned a bit about the times of the stolen generation, but I think many people (here in Germany, but also elsewhere) have never heard of it. I'm writing my Master Thesis on National Identity in Australian poetry and would like to get in touch with you. Is that possible? I'd be very happy to hear from you. This is my email adress mail.an.jodi@web.de (Report)Reply

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  • Rajendran Muthiah (6/5/2017 8:43:00 PM)

    She feels ashamed for being just what she is even as a grandmother. The poet has made a sorrow-laden heart to speak. (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Gilchrist (11/10/2016 11:28:00 AM)

    The hurt of generations comes through your passionate words (Report)Reply

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  • (11/11/2015 10:26:00 AM)

    Your poem is filled with emotion that transfers to the reader. And if there should be a judgement in the hereafter, the Church will have a lot to account for. A very well written poem, telling a very sad story. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/11/2015 2:03:00 AM)

    I agree with your opinion. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/10/2015 11:34:00 PM)

    Hi David, I love your poem Stolen Generation - it really touched my heart.
    I am a musician and would like to use it in a song; it would not be for commercial release but I would be glad to share it with you to do whatever you like with. Regards, Dan Egan

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 22, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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