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Posted on February 5, 2012 at 22:00 0 Comments

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)

Now Aboriginal…



Posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:30 0 Comments

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…



Posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:30 0 Comments

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…



Posted on November 17, 2011 at 5:06 0 Comments

I want him, but he’s not here

He wants her, but she doesn’t care

I could want him, but he wants her… and her… and her…

And he wants me…

But I want him,

And he’s not here…

©JewelRainbow (written at a party at Blackwattle Studio in 1983)


Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 15:12 on October 10, 2011, Adrian Wiggins said…

Hello Jewel and a warm welcome to Sydney Poetry.

This is a social site built by the poets (and friends) of Sydney (and surrounds) for the poets (and friends) of Sydney (and surrounds).

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Good to see you getting involved already. This being a social site the more we all do here the more interesting it becomes for everyone.

While there's no editor deciding what gets published there is just a bit of post facto moderation to keep it clean and on-topic.

I hope you enjoy your time on the site and find it useful.

Best wishes,


At 18:40 on February 6, 2012, maree scarlett said…

hi Jewel, Kia Ora! nice to say hello... !  thank you. 

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