Don’t Want Me to Talk

1 February 2016

You don’t want me to talk about
Mining or its impact on Country
You don’t want me to talk about
The concept and construct of ‘whiteness’
Its dominance and power in society
You don’t want me to talk about
The art vultures here and everywhere
Modern day missionaries – the art kind
Saving us on the great white canvas
You don’t want me to talk about
Invasion of this land or a Treaty
It’s a shared true history – let’s heal
You don’t want me to talk about
Past injustices, cultural cruelty, cultural genocide
And the cultural pain that is left behind
It’s a shared true history – let us heal
You don’t want me to talk about
How reconciliation could be the wrong word
On its own and without truth
You don’t want me to talk about
Native titles process being for the white man
You don’t want me to talk at all
Most of the time – you have your ‘exotic’ pets
You want me to nod, smile and listen to you
And it doesn’t really matter if I don’t hear you
You don’t want me to talk about
How I have got a voice
And you don’t listen.

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