Characters Imagined

In five hundred languages
Dancing dreamtime song-lines
Taught wisdom
Millenniums before folk in
Powdered wigs
Sent men across seven seas
To plunder, rape, and murder
For a King
Claiming fauna, flora, soil
Enslaving all as labour.

Marked its end?

In the lived experience
Of wary warriors
Characters imagined
In television studios
Knowing hatred is learnt
In burnt cork antics

Look in the mirror
And see your act
Is not the colour of
And no excuse
Of ignorance
Will soothe the wounds
Caused to people
Of ancient grace
Ill from your cold lessons of bigotry

It was in the news months ago. Something about Netflix. I cannot fix it because my words are insufficient but we can.


  1. DiosRaw says:



    1. seasiders22 says:

      Cordite Poetry called the topic. Here are their chosen poems.


    2. seasiders22 says:

      Thank you. The poems selected are thought provoking. Foolishly I entered this poem in the contest. As a white person I have no understanding of the difficulties people of colour face however I can appreciate it is no joke to have your race used as the butt of a joke. I realise should not have preached to the converted.


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