Deathscapes

Technologies of Sovereignty 4a - Why poem

Deathscapes

A colonial ship with large sails crosses the ocean. In large, bold white print at the bottom of the poster are the words 'BOAT PEOPLE'.

[imagecaption] ‘Boat People’ postcard. [/imagecaption]

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Why?

Why they don’t want to remember

they come by boat, 

stealing land?

Why they don’t want to remember:

people in prisons, convicts – 

their families who they first called Australians? 

If they remember, 

maybe they will remember, 

we are human. 

A. (17 years – detained 13 months), published in Our Beautiful Voices (Writing Through Fences 2014)


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