Heart and Soul
A poem by Michael Thompson, Mackay, QLD
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The integrity of Aboriginal women Always carries The pride of her nation Through thick and thin She may always be called A gin Not even that Will make her sin She does not come From a throw away society In Australia My mother always will have… A.B.oriGINality Individual freedom and spiritual belonging.
Michael dedicated this poem to Aboriginal women from the Stolen Generations. Thank you for sharing, Michael!
Homework: Reflect on the poem
- Find out what a 'gin' is and how this name was used in the past. Would you use it today?
- What do you think the author refers to when he says "Not even that / will make her sin"?
- Note the wordplay in the second last line. Can you find a word you can play with in a similar fashion?