Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warriors

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1st Floor
W O U N D E D W A R R I O R S
There are many wounds
some as deep as the cliffs were high
when the natives were rounded up
and pushed to their ends
some as toxic as the poisons
to die for
finely-laced gifts to warm and feed
Scars lingering from the past
few have healed
some still-open sores
weeping when poked
poked by another black death in custody
black-faced drunks on Australia Day
maybe just “that” look
The wounded still fight
reaching deep for a voice
speaking when never heard
tears which feed the soil
limping to the next battle
supported by a crutch or stick
standing proud

Karla Dickens 2016

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