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Farewell young man – a poem

October 15, 2017 - 18:09 -- Admin

Farewell young man – a poem prompted by the death of a young Aboriginal man in Kalgoorlie in August 2016.

In the blacklight dark
That is my country
White men suit
Themselves to rule
Shining in their world
Of fading fools
While young boys lie
Hooded in our prisons
And boys on bikes die
From driving knife hands
No one asks why
They ‘understand’

The Chanters – a poem

October 10, 2017 - 21:01 -- Admin

The chanters

I have retreated
Not to the mountains
But to the conurbation
That mass of humanity
Spreading itself across the land

And the sea
We cannot forget the sea
For it does not forget us
Or those
Who wave the tide away

Which is what we all do
Do we not?
When reality imposes itself
On a life grown weak by strength
And brave faces

I have marked the box of love – a poem

September 19, 2017 - 10:12 -- Admin

I have marked the box of love
And survived the survey
I am not gay, that is why

Survival is easy for me
A white man,
Free, at least, of oppression
A retired exploitée
Living on the scraps of super

But for those who have fought
So long and well
And those to come
Can we end this hell?

Embrace love, I did
That is the way
The truth, the light
Keep up the fight

The streets of old men – a poem

September 17, 2017 - 17:57 -- Admin

The streets of old men


We are all surfers on the waves of night

Where the bridge of humanity meets the edge of light

And where the old man stumbles along

Singing songs in the flattened tones of yesterday


Can we house him in a place of quiet?

Can he house himself in the riot that is life?

Can you?


There are too many questions without answers

Too many dances without dancers