Australians may have forgotten what happened on Halloween already, but it may be harder to forget this will be the fifth consecutive Christmas the Australian Federal Government has imprisoned refugees in offshore mandatory detention. New cabins on a remote hostile island while families, women and children languish on another is not freedom, it is not justice, it is not human and it is not what a civil or free democratic society does to others, when no laws have been broken. It is the tyranny of deterrence to be punished for something someone else might do some time in the future! It does not stop boats, it is unlawful abuse and a crime against humanity.
Bottling Flies to Tear Off Their Wings: Overseas to Nemesis
We skipped and ran on lush front lawns and flower beds,
tinkered treats for sprinklers in haunted fancy dress,
we advertised the Hollywood dream fair go.
They came in boats from overseas to Nemesis,
tricked or trapped offshore like unwanted insects in the
bottom of jam jars baking in our fire and sun.
So we plucked their wings and sucked the life out of them,
bowled them into cardboard boxes and plastic bottles
‘under the bed they go’ where we forgot about them.
The spider in its splendid nylon web spat and spied,
children spilled out into our playground bleeding cried,
doting parents high on scones and custard creams look on.
I watched him pop that cork and screw it back down again,
parliamentary bullies and sycophants the lot of them
pompous pimp and poke their fingers until they fry.
In unmarked graves stolen children, a ruthless lie
and we skip over them, mauled, mocked and nationless!
We tread their broken wings on lush front lawns and
flower beds with picket fences many towers high.
Beneath beds abandoned we forgot the genocide,
torn and shredded, limbless, boneless, pitiless
we look on, in almighty dissonance needless frown
overseas to Nemesis, my god they bleed, burn and drown
And just like us they die.