Poetry (Day 26): Australia Day

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Australia Day

Cockroach races. Ice cold beer.
Cricket in the park.
Australian’s all let us rejoice.
Pavlova. Custard tart.

Rope swing at the river.
Hot meat pies. Gum book toss.
Cold Chisel on the stereo.
Sausage sizzle. Southern cross.

Aboriginal protests. Age of death.
Seventy years of back pay.
The Flora and Fauna Act.
Stolen generation. Invasion day.

Deaths in custody. Land rights.
Alcohol abuse. Incarceration rate.
Employment, education, health.
But we can’t help the choices that they make.

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