Australia wasn't always just kangaroos and funny accents. Their history is actually much darker then they'd like to admit. And many who had to endure it, are still alive today.


I heard them coming
Rumbling thunder
Down the street.
I didn’t know what was happening
Nor what would happen
In the near future.
I just heard the cries
And felt the pulling and pushing
The chains they used.
I didn’t understand the reason
But I guess it was because 
They couldn’t do it themselves.
They couldn’t
Or they wouldn’t.
So they needed us
To do it for them.
And they weren’t betting on us
Doing it willingly.
They were right
But it meant nothing.
When we were sold
We knew the prices.
Because I had hair
And a pretty face
I cost more
But only by a little.
 But when it came to it
Gender didn’t matter
Not with work
Not with the hands
Or branches.
Not with food
Not with anything.
It would be everyday
When I went out to the field 
They didn’t like it if I stopped.
No
They really didn’t like it.
So I worked until my hands were raw
Then I’d work some more.
They say you get used to it
They were right.
But it was never a game.
We would work until the sky turned
When the birds stopped singing
And the lights were like the sun off the ocean
When it’s calm.
Then we would work some more
Until the men came 
And prodded us back in our huts.
We did the work
But we might as well have not.
“You do it right you’ll be rewarded” 
That’s what Papa always said.
But that didn’t happen here
Here in the sandpaper of Australia.

 


Submitted: January 27, 2018

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Ramon Galaxure

This a very sad truth about the place you represent. Its overwhelmed with emotions I love you truly describe each and every situations. Awesome poem.

Sat, February 3rd, 2018 7:05pm

Lucas Barstow

Good things - you write the thought track really well, really getting into the mind and emotion of a slave. It flows in a way that seems like the speed of thought too.

Bad thing - you put in the description that this is about Australia but only the last line shows it really, the rest of it could be any slave's mind.

Overall a good little poem that does well to demonstrate how slaves feel, nothing actually wrong with it. Well done.

Sat, February 3rd, 2018 8:52pm

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Well, really Australia’s story of slavery is very similar to that of America's or anywhere else. Really the only difference is the apology, the modern day movement, and the location, at to how they were treated and what the slaves went through, everything was very much the same. That's why I only acknowladged that in the last line, because the rest was from the slave's point of view, basically, if she wasn't told where she was going, she wouldn't even know since she was taken from her home in another country.

Sat, February 3rd, 2018 12:57pm

Spyguy

I never knew what you here expose! So Australian history’s not like a rose?
But since we here are all with own sin; Who are we then judging to win?

I realize you, as an author aren’t judging!
But we as a Nation, sometimes are fudging!

Your depth of emotion, description, & skill... Make reading your works a defining thrill!
Thank you sweet Princess, for raising the bar; Bringing awareness, like bright rosy car!

I totally see you as Amazing girl, or Big-hearted girl, or Princess-bright girl, & have a very difficult time applying the name you’ve chosen for yourself! I salute you on this accomplishment though!

Wed, February 7th, 2018 10:21pm

Spyguy

I never knew what you here expose! So Australian history’s not like a rose?
But since we here are all with own sin; Who are we then judging to win?

I realize you, as an author aren’t judging!
But we as a Nation, sometimes are fudging!

Your depth of emotion, description, & skill... Make reading your works a defining thrill!
Thank you sweet Princess, for raising the bar; Bringing awareness, like bright rosy car!

I totally see you as Amazing girl, or Big-hearted girl, or Princess-bright girl, & have a very difficult time applying the name you’ve chosen for yourself! I salute you on this accomplishment though!

Wed, February 7th, 2018 10:21pm

Author
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Thank you for the great comment, Spyguy! I actually have personal story to go with my pen name choice which is why I have it.

Wed, February 7th, 2018 2:56pm

Blankly-Dreaming

I really liked the poem. Although I don't know anything about Australlian like, history? Or whatever haha. I think it flows really well. This is about a slave am I right? A slave or something like that haha. It really encompasses the emotion of being a slave and the hardship of working nonstop while overwatched by 'superior' men.

Ps. Thank you, your poem kinda gave me some more idea for a book I'm about to write so yeah! Hhaha thanks!

Sat, February 10th, 2018 1:47am

Author
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Well, glad I could be of assistance.

Sat, February 10th, 2018 12:17pm

Archia

I really liked your poem, I think you chose an interesting topic and I was pretty impressed by that and how much you seemed to know. You did well to capture the emotion and fear of what going through this could be like. I think though it could've used a bit more clarification on what it was actually about. I presumed you were talking about the Aboriginal people in Australia, but I read in a comment below that you were referring to people taken from another country. Maybe then you could've described how different this new place was to them or done something to show they had come from another country. Still though your poem was really full of emotion and that made it really nice to read. It really captured the fear of being sold and forced to work.

Sat, February 17th, 2018 12:50pm

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