Thursday, 27 January 2011

Australia Day 2011.

Advance Austalia Fair-go!
(A tribute to Jimmy Little)










Into the bay the tall ships came.
Brave, desperate, driven.
God given arrogance
hidden behind social graces,
a veneer of civilisation.

Men, custodians of thirty, forty,
fifty thousand years of culture.
Older, wise, inclusive,
watched them come
to a land where none knew
coal and iron slept.

‘A land for a people,
A people for a land!’
It started then,
this short history
written by victors
as it always is.

While Biame’s people,
weakened by European pathogens,
misunderstood and dispossessed,
shot by Christians,
but destroyed ultimately by despair.

This must be the year
when 'The Apology',
wrought in guilt,
delivered in hope
should be judged.
Man to man,
woman to woman,
are we succeeding?
Are we embracing
our common humanity?

Now, using wealth gathered
from less fortunate men,
who make
from coal and iron
the transient artefacts
so desired;
we can pay for others to 'fix it',
if we want.

Or we can look into every eye
for unbidden feelings of love
and return it.

But, as in ‘The greatest love of all’,
It is our children who ‘lead the way’.
Raised in schools where
so many faces of races
have places,
our children already
live the agenda of inclusion;
Citizens of our Accidental Multicultural Society.

Dedicated with love and appreciation to Australian Aboriginal musician and activist Jimmy Little, an 'accidental bridge builder', and his feisty wife Marge, the ‘power behind the throne’.









Tall ships pic courtesy National Library.

15 comments:

  1. Great post! I liked it very much, especially about our children who 'lead the way.' Raised in schools where so many faces of races have places, that about the best!

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  2. Thoroughly enjoyed this post Stafford.

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  3. Dear Stafford: Happy Aussie Day! Seems that the blight of the aborginal is worldwide. Good thing that reparations are being made; finally!. I'll google "Biame’s people" and Jimmy and Marge Little". We had small pox in Canada wipe out many many of our original peoples. Back then I guess mutual respect was not part on the newcomers' conquest manifest!The aborginal Aussie culture is awesome, particularly love the didgeridoo!

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  4. Yes, the great Jimmy Little (have you met him in your musical travels?). Love the last stanza.

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  5. MIGHTY POWERFUL STUFF .. STAFFORD *

    And G.B. ( Little Fluffy ) Stafford Knows The
    * Amazing Jimmy Little * Very Well.

    WE ALL LOVE YOU * JIMMY * and a * BIG SORRY* FROM ME TO * EVERYONE * AS WELL.

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  6. Beautifully written. What a pity 'Sorry' was only a word!

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  7. That was very enjoyable indeed straight to the point with the truth :-).

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  8. Just the little bit of time that I spent in Australia (10 years ago) left me in awe of the
    indigenous Aboriginals who knew far more than the imperialistic whites. Just like here in the USA. Cultures lost and generations of children deprived of their heritage
    Well done!

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  9. Beautiful! Happy Australia Day! x

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  10. Lovely dedication! I love your country, though never been there, it's my dream to be one day! Happy belated Australia day. Regards from Greece!

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  11. Beautifully expressed, Stafford.

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