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I am a spirit tree... 'The Blue *Wattle', (you'll see no trace of me,) after 1788~ my once gold colour changed (by hate,) as Captain Cook sealed a fate , that mashed BLACK history. I have watched for eons here, in ancient southern land ~ below the Earth's equator ~ fringed by pristine sand. Before the white invasion I witnessed black man's '*Dreaming,' for over 40,000 years, until 'The Whites' came streaming. Upon this Earth ( before they came ) were many clans of black, the Tharawal~ The Boon Wurrung~ the Kulin and Kurnai, too many names for me to tell Kooris ~ Aboriginal, ~ custodians of I.~ I am witness to their slaughter , to dark flesh torn and lashed, when *waratahs of white turned red due to the blood that splashed. I have seen black children stolen ~ snatched from mother's breast, all because their skin was dark, and 'CHRISTIANS' thought it... 'best.' I have seen small children die ~ from eating poisoned bread, given by white settlers tired of shooting lead. I've seen near extermination of the people nature chose to be 'The carers of this land,' and share in all she knows. I have seen my native carers pushed upon the fires I've watched their culture disappear, and their history told... by liars. I've seen black toddlers soaked in bleach then forced to hear the white man preach. I've seen their culture scorned and mocked ~ as rape and violence crushed and shocked. In past I've watched them walk in chains as sacred sites were sold for gains. I've seen iron collars on black necks ~ their women bashed ( then used for sex.) I've seen the white man's alcohol blind dark eyes, and kill his soul. I have watched men fall (and their tears fall too) I watched until my gold...turned blue, Now on the wind I swear to you : Their *'Dreaming' shall NOT cease. White remorse begins...I see, ` some have hearts that feel 'SORRY,' a word to bring gold back to me, a word to forge equality... to Reconcile eternally. I believe it well may be , if actions mimic peace. You WILL find the golden wattle trees if you visit in this land , BUT their spirits... ARE BLUE , and this Island is too , and will STAY so ... 'till ALL...UNDERSTAND!. ******************************* FOOTNOTE. *Wattle....=golden pom pom flowered tree native to Australia. *WARATAH ~BRIGHT RED AUSTRALIAN NATIVE FLOWER. * Dreaming= The Australian Aboriginal believes in the Dreamtime ...The dreaming....that is where their deceased ancestors go and come from all life is from there and the Earth is part of it... their are many aspects of it,too many for me to know or understand and me being white I am not permitted to know all of it. To them it is as real and important and sacred as any white's religious ideas or beliefs. p.s.(published in The National Indigenous Times which was a very big honour for me seeing as I am a white Australian. I have written two hundred poems approximately to date.I have been writing poems since I was thirteen.I am 52 now. This poem is the ONLY ONE I am proud of. Ironicly I was unable to put my own name on it and just left the signature as 'The Blue Wattle, I felt it impossible to put Kay Devenish on it as it would have taken too much away from the poem and the theme. I have since asked my kids to put that name (The Blue Wattle)on my headstone when the time comes as I feel it has been the SOLE reason I am a poet. Thanks for reading it. 

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Reviewed by Dove (Reader) 7/14/2003
such depth of compassion flows from your mercy...Oh what injustices of the ignorant few who capitalised on the suffering of many...Your jewels in your crown of heaven will be grand , my angel of mercy..

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 7/8/2003
Kay...what a write my friend...this is a pure gem of a write and i call myself fortunate to read this classic write of n luck...write more....BHUWAN
Reviewed by jude forese 7/8/2003
a powerful masterpiece concerned with the injustice of the "white" man's illusion and its potential effect upon the "natural" inhabitants of our planet...
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 7/8/2003
Excellent write Kay. Abuse by all races goes on today we just don't know it all. I've heard the Texas ranchers (some) in old days used their workers and when done with all the work would kill them and place them in a big hole. It's a sad, sad, world we live in. Hugs!
Reviewed by The Gentle Man 7/8/2003
Kay this is a superbly written poem about a very important topic. Thanks for shining the light on the horrors of racism. Your words are desperately needed throughout the world!
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 7/8/2003
This is SUPERB in every way...I sit here humbled beyond belief...what a heart of true compassion and spirit you have that SHINES BRIGHTLY FROM THIS MASTERPIECE!!!!
P.S. Definitely one I am now adding to my library!!!!
Reviewed by Steve Ralph 7/8/2003
this is perfect poetry and a history leason to remember, well written kay
your pal
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 7/8/2003

Ain't Nothin But THE TRUTH....

Reviewed by evan horetsky 7/8/2003
very true....and very powerful
Reviewed by Christine Morell 7/8/2003
This is a wonderful, powerful piece and should be read by many. Bravo.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 7/8/2003
Stand up Woman... You are a Poet!

"The Blue Wattle" voices the Alertness...

Thank You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 7/8/2003

This write is a masterpiece and needs to be read by many.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/8/2003
powerful and excellent!!
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 7/8/2003
This is most deserving of a medal of honor, Kay! Speaking from experience...
In Spirit,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/8/2003
I remember this monumental write Kay,all accolades well deserved!I do however think that it is a mistake for anyone to think we can pay for the "sins of our fathers" so to speak. It is our duty to help change our environment, to a more just society, where these atrocious things don't happen,even though it seems they always do, due to unjust people.The thing is that we can't give just retribution, for judgement is in God's hands, not ours.
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 7/8/2003
Sweet Kay..I Know of what you speak..and my Heart seeks justice for the cruelty tha was the plight of Aborigines..

I grew up in Australia but now live in Croatia...
Loved your write..excellent!

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 7/8/2003
Wow..this was so powerful and excellent, I liked this so much, Love the title,

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/8/2003
bonzer! :) (((HUGS)))
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 7/8/2003
very moving and powerful, I really enjoyed this poem
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/8/2003
An amazing write!
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 7/8/2003
Well done.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 7/8/2003
This is an awesome write!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/8/2003
Kay, very powerful and excellent piece. I like your headstone idea. If your convictions and beliefs are this strong I say, " Go for it."
Reviewed by David Knight 7/8/2003
As a white English male I am probably least able to understand what you went through in the name of 'Progress' and 'Education'. To me your culturej ust one of many throughout the world which was plundered in the name of Christianity.
Too many 'civilized' people seem to know what's best for everyone else.

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