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POEM: Together we must

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Together we must


HE was three years old

You killed him

And 50 others

Not in Christ's church

But a mosque

To save your blindness

Your fake whiteness

Not mine, yours,



Inspired by the politicians

Who run Manus and Nauru

Concentration camps

Inspired by their hate press

Where Muslims are the whistled dog

Of Immigration, and race

And colonial settlers


And the lumpen proles

Who make up part of our nation

While they are One

We are united

We stand

Against the claxons of evil

Their hate, their fear, their lies


The Nazi enablers give them life

Give them reason

And reasons

Enough you evil bastards

No more games

Bring the refugees here

Welcome them


If you will not

We will,

Reclaim humanity

To be free

We will smash you

Grind you into the dust of history



Conservatives, reactionaries, fascists

Your racist sewer survives

Thrives upon hating

The eternal other

Our Aboriginal brothers

And sisters


And the recent other

Jew, Muslim, African

Remember the gangs?

More lies to inspire hate, and votes

Our tree of life thrives on stolen land

We keep from the non-white man

And woman


The Muslim woman wails

Her husband is dead

Killed by the words

Of the media and the racists

Who inhabit high office

And the bullets of the followers


Not us, the mighty scream

As their words weasel out

And softly megaphone the hate

Enough! No more!

Stop these bastards now

The mass of us,

Together, we can


The time for tears

Has come

Where theirs drown ours

Disempower the haters

Empower ourselves


Black, white, yellow, brown

Muslim, Christian, Jew,

Buddhist, Hindu

And no religion too

Together, against their rotten system

Of racism, murder, war

Making us poor


Together, we can

Together, we must

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