Poems

Respect The Indigenous

A poem by Abi DRabi, Sydney, NSW.

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My dear Aboriginal brother
I feel ashamed of myself today
as I am in your country 
and haven’t asked if I could stay.

If you say that I cannot
then I will have to leave
as I would hate to anger you
or your precious soul just grieve.

Although I have no home 
except your own backyard
I wouldn’t want to offend you
or put you on your guard.

I was told if I ask nicely
that you wouldn’t turn me away
and it isn’t about money
or how much I could pay.

You just want to be respected
on your mother land
and if you get that honour
you will always lend a hand.

Written by non-Aboriginal poet Abi DRabi. Thank you for sharing your poem!

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Korff, J 2018, Respect The Indigenous, <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/poems/respect-the-indigenous>, retrieved 24 April 2019

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