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Poetry

How we see ourselves

There are two ways to be fooled.
One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
Søren Kierkegaard

Australia: that image of you swinging in a hammock
with your turned down vowels & breezy Saturdays
sea foam & bleached sand, always armed with summer
ready for a spin bowl at a moment’s notice
With the flush of Eucalypt passion
and composition of complication
Asphalt veins across the continent
All roads leading home

Australia: you gushing encompassing land
Never: Neglecting the needs of your elders
Discarding the future for yesterday
Accumulating wealth instead of promise
Booing football players into retirement
Shaming the skin of your borders
Detention for years stitched upon years
Locking those up for fleeing persecution
Closing ears to those speaking softest

Australia: the postcards of your success are on the fridge
Embracing compassion as if it were an exuberant grandchild
Racism/sexism/bullying/hatred/fear
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