A Right To Be Heard

A poem by Zelda Quakawoot, Mackay, QLD.

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A mural showing the head of Martin Luther King with the words below reading: I have a dream…
A right to be heard
Not censored of word
A voice that is true
Not a momentary view
A word that is said
It remains in our heads
Of value that’s true
In both me and you
It signals the start
From deep in our hearts
A sentence recalls
From the big to the small
It flows like a stream…
“I have a dream…”

Thank you Zelda for sending me your poetry.


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Aboriginal culture - Arts - A Right To Be Heard, retrieved 10 December 2018