‘I Thought I Had The Right; Poem for The Stolen Generation’

in Senior School News

By Olivia Russell (10Jo)

I thought I had the right,
But now I just don’t know,
Why I can’t stay with my family,
Who now I’ve left alone.
I thought I had the freedom,
From being determined by my skin.
I don’t want to use a knife and fork,
I didn’t have to with my kin.
I thought I had the freedom,
To sleep however I want.
I don’t want a sheet, a pillow, a mattress,
I only want my mum.
I thought I had the right,
To feel content with who I am.
I know that I am different,
But to the Whites I am just like them?
I thought I had the right,
To not have to live with strangers,
These people don’t live how I live,
We don’t share the same dangers.
I thought I had freedom,
I thought I had the right,
To not be torn away from my family
Certainly I thought I might.

 

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