Poems

The Children

Poem by Sandra Gaal Hayman, Mount Annan, NSW

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They came and took the children 
To places far away
Didn't stop to listen 
To what their mothers had to say

Came and took the children 
Led them by the hand 
Never to return again
To their ancestral lands

They came and took the children 
Tears fell like rain upon that day
I lost my only brother
When they took us both away

They came and took the children 
Our lives were not the same 
Not knowing where we came from 
They even changed our name

When they came and took the children

Sandra's poem is not inspired by her own experiences, but by those of others. She tried to capture the heartbreak and pain of the stolen children.

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Korff, J 2018, The Children, <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/poems/the-children>, retrieved 26 April 2019

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