In a previous poem here, In Black and White, I mentioned a hot northern town. That was Roebourne. Back in '89 we (the band I was in, Spinifex) did a gig in the old Roebourne Gaol (Jail) and I opened with this poem.
It was well received and everyone wanted to buy a copy. As it was before my computing days, I had to handwrite every copy I sold. It was a busy night all round.
Aboriginals (mostly convicts) were used to quarry the rock and build the gaol.
It might resonate with QT and Rico.
Whitefella come and freedom go From this big land that we love so He bring'im drink long make us sick He bring'im strange, big killing stick Not like boomerang we throw He hold, goes boom and dead we go We not do what white man tell He chain us up in Roebourne Gaol Hey fella, we help build this humpy We carry rocks but you get grumpy Why work faster in this hot We be happy with what we got But you come spoil it with your ways Why you not leave us our happy days? Why lock us up for what we do Just 'cos we not the same as you? You take our womans and make us work The only thing you bring is hurt Whitefella, you may never see our merit But you'll never break our plurry spirit.
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While I've been rather quiet on the boards lately (currently I'm on vacation and happened to have a quiet moment to peruse the web), I must say this is something that also resonates with me.
While I could never say I truly sympathize with (or know) what the aboriginals went through, I can easily put myself into this poem with what we were taught while at Melbourne Uni about Australia's history.
I think you did an excellent job with this and I really enjoyed it.
Two questions- is it pronounced "Row-Bin?" And I looked up the definition, but its still not 100% clear, is plurry a synonym for bloody?
Other than that, awesome poem! I can easily see why you had so many people eager to purchase this piece.
Wow....if it were not for the fact that you are in Western Australia....I would have thought that you were in Pre-Civil War American...Plantation like detention center. Your poem read like the "Ole Negro Dialect"...Wow well written and well recieved!
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