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This poem, the first I wrote since my teens, boiled out of me from the outrage and sadness I felt for Mulrunji's family and the people of Palm Island after an inquest and trial into his death in custody returned what were clearly suss verdicts that failed to honestly deliver justice or truth, and further tainted the Queensland Police Force and so-called justice system with dishonour and racism:
POETIC INJUSTICE (Poem for Palm Island)
REDNECKS NEXT DOOR ©JewelRainbow2009
A flash of torchlight through the window pierces the tropical night
A neighbour’s voice outside stage-whispers to his nearby wife:
“That’s disgusting,” he spits, staunching the light in his fist as I wake you.
Some say we’re strange bedfellows, you and me,
Your rainforest darkness dancing on my moonlight skin
They can’t fathom the feeling between us
“What does she see in him?”
Their love is blind to…Continue
DECEMBER (For Dorothy Porter, 1954-2008) © Jewel Vercoe Rainbow
In December, the time of endings and celebration,
You quietly left this earth bereft and, so too, this nation
Your early death a selfish theft by the gods of Poesy
Who coveted you, great poetess, to recite at their nightly cosey
Piercing eyes of an eagle, cheekbones sculpted high and regal,
They recognised an Egyptian queen who once ruled in Memphis.
Your stylised words…Continue