"Us" — a poem


Elizabeth Jarrett.

Well here it is 2016
Yet we are still ruled under an illegal regime
It's time for a change in
Histories what's, when's and how's

What they say was once discovered is invaded now
We don't want recognition in the constitution
For being recognised is not the solution

What we need is this current government's dissolution
To see all our people free from the lifestyle of poverty and pollution
It's time for a people's movement that is truly for the people

One where we all are different yet stand as equals!

One where the grassroots people power are the voice
Who know that remote communities are not a lifestyle choice

One that welcomes the war-torn boat refugee
Not turn them away or lock them in torturous captivity

One that will fight for all our sacred lands
To stop the mining for the rich folks hands

One that supports gay marriage and transgender rights
So our people don't have to live in fear of a fight

One that believes in free and diverse education
Instead of this bulk bill of assimilation

One that understands the meaning of us
For there to be a change “in us we must trust”

Here is our ceremony along with our chance
Rise up all warriors it's time to dance!

[This poem was performed at the April 15 election launch for Socialist Alliance's lead NSW Senate candidate Ken Canning.]

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