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Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 10:12
by Mahalia
2 years since the words 'I'm Sorry' were uttered on behalf of the nation ... :text-thankyou:

SORRY DAY 2016 - Maureen Clifford © The #ScribblyBark Poet

It shouldn't be too much to ask and yet the wait was long
it seemed a nation didn't want to know
there were some who had given up but others were still strong
and heartache had bought many good folks low.
At long last one man showed respect - a nation’s Sorry day
gave apology - ‘twas gracefully received.
Two little words that meant so much for which many had prayed
hopefully those healing words are what they need.

For Stolen Generation children, family was lost
along with country - Can't you feel their pain?
Their culture and their song - into the ether was tossed
if you don't understand I can't explain.
If you won't understand the grief this part of history caused
and feel the 'sorry' word is overrated,
won't understand the fractured lives and broken ties ... life paused,
with children torn from families devastated.

If all of this to you seems to be much ado 'bout nothing
for it happened many years ago you say
I hope that you are never separated from your kin
forcibly, because you'd feel their pain that day.
It's time to show respect to reach out across the nation
to those still searching, and those who still roam
It's time to show empathy with the Stolen Generation
and show support - while they're bringing them home.


Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 10:48
by Teddy
Mahalia,thank you as you have expressed it (Sorry Day) so well.


Posted: 15 Feb 2018, 15:03
by Mahalia
:text-thankyou: for taking the time to read and comment Teddy - it is much appreciated


Posted: 20 Feb 2018, 13:10
by Leonie
Hi Maureen, I finally made it here lol.

Yep, you nailed it.

Love him or hate him, no matter how much mud is thrown at Kevin Rudd no one can take this away from him, the first one with the guts to actually say ... Sorry.



Posted: 21 Feb 2018, 10:32
by Mahalia
My thoughts exactly Leonie - just a shame though that it is not having an ongoing effect. I read somewhere just recently that the 'survey' people reckon that racism is worse now in Australia than it was 10 years age :hitting_wall


Posted: 21 Feb 2018, 11:17
by Leonie
It certainly feels that way, but maybe it's just more in the open these days. Either way, I don't think it's going away anytime soon more's the pity.