Fade away … (Highway Patrolman)

12 February 2012
We’re sworn by blood
and how blood trickles away ...
one brother went to the middle east,
another to track his own isolated sovereignty
while I am just bound to stay ...

The night’s silence jars my joints; an owl sparks the death-feather that someone has passed. But ‘Who’ is that someone? No breeze on the veranda under the moon’s deadly milk. Drunks pass the house and throw beer bottles into my hedge … is this the Australian Dream we’re all fighting for? I couldn’t handle a ‘missed call’ from Afghanistan tonight. I’m disturbed sometimes by the calls I receive. My Brother is accepted as a warrior for the Establishment; but the Establishment questions his legitimacy as a warrior for his people at home, on his country where he is at ease …

Just to hear your voices, my Brothers, shakes the death feather away; no death tonight, but it’s just a fade gone sway …

We promised each other loyalty … until the end. Sealed; our tide of brotherhood and love. Screw the mining company! Screw what they’re doing to our land! Tonight I’m just another person in waiting. Waiting to reinstate a love, as blood trickles on blood. Brothers never fall for Brothers … and Brothers never should …

a butterfly’s wings
capture love in a mirror,
holding a brother ...
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Samuel Wagan Watson

About Samuel Wagan Watson


Samuel Wagan Watson is a Brisbane-based writer whose first collection of poetry won the 1999 David Unaipon Award for Emerging Indigenous writing. He has since picked up a list of other prizes, including the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year in 2005 and the Kenneth Slessor Poetry prize. Currently, Samuel is the Senior Communications Officer for 98.9FM Brisbane Indigenous Media Association. Samuel’s poetry made its debut at the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, adapted by the award-winning and multi-talented Indigenous songstress, Leah Flanagan.

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