Ivan Donn Carswell


Un Australian - Poem by Ivan Donn Carswell

I dunno if I’m being ridiculous
but the term “un-Australian” is
as un-Australian as our origins allow.

Because a few poofters from Lygon
Street or the ABC might conclude
differently doesn’t mean I’m wrong.

Our diverse History says we’re
not the same; any mug can see
we’re ‘hundreds & thousands*’.

And thank whomever for that! Now
if you want to have a few beers and
a barbie this arvo then go on...

It’s summer and this is Australia –
just don’t go round calling others
un-Australian ‘cause they won’t
© 26 January 2010, I. D. Carswell

*non pariels or 'sparkles'


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 25, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, February 7, 2010


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