Kinchela (The Stolen Kids)

A poem by Paul Buttigieg

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The years have gone now
Not sure what sorry can do
Us boys


Not just black
Black and blue

So who loved us?

Who watched the watcher?
As he made love to me
Lusted over my young body

We climbed through windows
We ran away

For being black and stolen


  • What happened at Kinchela?
  • Why is the boy 'black and blue'?
  • Put this poem into the context of the Stolen Generations.

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Korff, J 2018, Kinchela (The Stolen Kids), <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/poems/kinchela-the-stolen-kids>, retrieved 26 April 2019

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