Updated: Aug 20, 2019
A CALL TO ALL AUSTRALIANS''
- a poem by Shanna Whan
It’s modern day Australia, two-thousand-and-nineteen
The nation should be booming - not the worst it’s ever been
What happened to fair dinkum? To unity and pride?
Those values, they’re all sinking - and it’s time to take a side
Do you want to be a ‘’hater’’ - or a knocker, spreading fear?
or do you want to be an Aussie, fighting for what’s dear?
Like freedom, friendship, sunsets … just the simple things in life
The chance to live in safety, away from endless strife.
‘Cause as it stands, Australia, we’re on a thin blue line,
Of losing all that freedom. We’re running out of time.
I imagine that our diggers are calling from the grave -
Thinking of this country, how our pollie’s now behave ..
... agendas, lies, deception … half-truths and blasphemy
Where the greater good is null and void - and it’s all just ME, ME, ME.....
When a bloke who earns an honest crust working on the land
Is kicked in the guts AGAIN and AGAIN and cannot understand:
How feeding all the masses,
became (somehow) a crime.
How growing food or fibre put HIM in the firing line?
We came through the depression;
We came through two world wars,
But it makes you start to wonder what’s it all been for.
We’ve lost our mind, we’ve lost our way …
We’re broken by division
Instead of gratitude or pride - we walk and talk derision
The factions, fear, intolerance.. it's blocked our common sense,
We preach on being so advanced but we’re throwing up a fence.
We’re separating left from right, from city-scapes to bush
We’re constantly in fight or flight – we live to shove and push!
From climate change to water talks, from race to energy -
We’ve lost our way in politics – we’ve lost the YOU, and ME.
We’re watching on in sheer despair in flood and drought and rain
As good men buckle under from relentlessness and strain
No matter your location; the country or the city;
If we don’t pull together now, the future isn’t pretty.
Instead of bigotry and blame – let’s take a big step back
Let’s drop the war of words and hate; and stop with The Attack.
Can we just stand up and take account?
And move ahead on common ground for our land of girt by sea?
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