Refoulement

Refoulement CC

Australians all let us find voice
For we are being deceived
Our country’s politicians foist
Their scorn on refugees
Send Tamils to Sri Lankan camps
Like Jews of history
On UN stage, the world will rage
But blame not Aussies please
Our politicians act for selves
Ignoring of our pleas
I need the watching world to know
THEY DO NOT ACT FOR ME

35 thoughts on “Refoulement

  1. Ever it has been so alas
    of all official speakers
    though all know each a pompous ass
    Paint our repute ere bleaker.

    Alex

    The citizens are cast as Rogues

  2. “I need the watching world to know THEY DO NOT ACT FOR ME” …the power of the written word, when the mind knows …Mike, it is a pleasure to have crossed your path 🙂

  3. Well said, Mike. And these bloody fighting US buffoons don’t act for me! Nor this president that we all placed so much hope in, it seems.
    We all carve out our own lonely path and make the best of it and just hope that we don’t get on the wrong side of those in power for insubordination.

    • True for you Jackie. It would be very vain of us to think that our protests would change anything, but saying nothing would be even worse. There’s 50M of these guys floating around the planet and yunno between them and Occupy’s 99%, conditions are not unalike those leading up to the French Revolution…

    • That’s so kind of you Christy. In medieval Ireland such a poem was the work of the Bard – a nomadic poet who dined in the great houses and in return for his food recited poems about current affairs he’d heard on this travels. Like much of his, my news today is sad.

  4. I Really appreciate having read this post… I Wonder why this kind of think tend to happen in many countries… Lack of territory is not an excuse in Australia’ s case. Right?…Reasons, reasons….
    Best wishes dear Mike. I hope you have a great week ahead,
    Aquileana /)

  5. Very well said, Mike. A real cri de coeur. Politicians always speak first and foremost for themselves and since they form a caste apart, just because you disagree doesn’t mean you’ll ever have your voice heard. I remember reading that in 1947 the British had organised a repatriation of Holocaust survivors in…Germany. What do they have where other people have a heart?

    • A ‘caste apart’ indeed Jane. We poets have licence to play with our words but those guys have elevated it to a higher art form. It’s not about refugees any more – it’s about ego.

  6. Wonderful poem, Mike, on an issue that I too feel strongly about. It’s a total disgrace. That Morrison is chummy with Sri Lanka’s president makes me wince. Whatever one feels about the best way to prevent asylum seekers dying at sea, to send the persecuted to the persecutors is unconscionable. All so that they might say: We have stopped the boats.

  7. I hear you, Mike, and my heart goes out to you guys who don’t / can’t agree with those politicians, and of course to asylum seekers everywhere. Your poem is tight and effective and, on a technical note if I may, has a rhythm and rhyme that make it even more memorable.

    • Thank you for this support and kind comment Polly. I only believe that this country should at least do the same as other countries are doing to accommodate stateless persons.

    • The majority are disturbingly silent Claudie as our government behaves like a totalitarian police state. Between bouts of anger I feel sorry for Australia too.

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