Poems

First, “Look Back In Time”

A poem by Nola Gregory, Geraldton, WA

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Underneath a pile of history
Hidden away from prying eyes
We peel back the worn pages
To unearth the terrible lies
Tormented, abused and treated bad
Was a way of life it would seem?
But to those that had to suffer it
It was ugly and downright mean

White Australia has a Black history
That has survived the Genocide
Even though we suffered greatly
Our Culture still lives and thrives
The proof stands before all of you
Open your eyes, take a look and see
Let’s not hide it any longer
This shameful past history

Exploring our past in the pages
That will open if only you let them
To learn and heal together
A brand new message to send
We will listen and share the stories
That are packed away in time
As we grow and develop together
Let our Culture and healing combine

We have been part of this Nation
For 65,000 plus years
We have suffered enormous atrocities
That some find hard to believe
But if we want to heal this Country
First we must look back in time
Then gather in the healing circle
Hand in hand let us draw the line

Nola explains her poem

"This poem is about accepting and believing that Australia has a dark past some of which is still hidden away in time in archives all over Australia, but if we start peeling back the pages of history and take a look and see, then maybe together we can all gather in the healing circle as one nation and begin to accept and heal the past hurts of a Proud race of people."

Homework: Gathering in the healing circle

Nola says:

"If we start peeling back the pages of history and take a look and see, then maybe together we can all gather in the healing circle as one nation and begin to accept and heal."

  • What does Nola mean by "peeling back the pages of history"?
  • List a few concrete actions you can take to support this.
  • How would it look like for you to "gather in the healing circle"?
  • Could you entice others to join you in the circle?
  • Describe how a healed nation can look like.

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Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, First, “Look Back In Time”, <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/poems/first-look-back-in-time>, retrieved 19 April 2019

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