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Old 03-09-2002, 05:33 PM   #1
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detention centres in Oz - a poem

More Barbed Wire

They said here it would be better,
but its like the moon
only hotter -
only colder.

They said here that
Australians were friendly and kind hearted,
but I am yet to meet
their smiling faces of welcome.

They said here I would find sanctuary,
in this place of broad open plains
and cool green valleys.
But I have exchanged one prison for another
more fear,
more despair
more barbed wire
Grieving over past injustices,
only to face new ones.
Hideous dislocation
our only crime.

I yearn to walk free,
and look for a new life
in a new land.
But, red nightmares of
smoke and terror
still torment and suffocate.

Where is the peace?
Where is the hope?

Where is the trust?

Im not sleeping.

In Austalia, at the moment, refugees are placed in detention centres in the middle of nowhere. This most unjust policy inspired this poem - I apologise for the last line, but it just seemed to fit in and I am never going to publish it - thanks Bono!


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Old 03-09-2002, 11:15 PM   #2
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the feelings of many are distilled in that piece...thanks pamela

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Old 03-11-2002, 10:25 PM   #3
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it's always startling to come here and see how people write with so much sincerity and honesty, it's been one of the few constants at interference since the early days (well, that and Salome's flippant remarks!)

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Old 03-12-2002, 10:14 AM   #4
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powerful, Pamela

You make yourself vulnerable to change in your life. But in the end, you've got to become the change you want to see in the world.
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