Poems

Heart and Soul

A poem by Michael Thompson, Mackay, QLD

Close this Cover of Aboriginal Culture Essentials

Wishing you knew more about Aboriginal culture? Search no more.

Get key foundational knowledge about Aboriginal culture in a fun and engaging way.

This is no ordinary resource: It includes a fictional story, quizzes, crosswords and even a treasure hunt.

Stop feeling bad about not knowing. Make it fun to know better.

Sold! Show me how No, thank you

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

  • 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?

Read another one?

Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, Heart and Soul, <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/poems/heart-and-soul>, retrieved 24 October 2019

Knowledge is better when your friends know too.
Whom can you help today?

"There is no knowledge without unity." — Irish proverb

Join more than 14,564 Smart Owls who know more!