Monday, 9 May 2011


Poem 76 of 230:  LAND RIGHTS

If there is a good thing,
    From the Second World War,
It’s that most peoples learnt
    To conquer lands no more.

In Africa, Asia,
    And the Pacific, too:
Post-war independence -
    Steps only bigots rue.

But, for some indigenes
    (Outnumbered much-too-much),
It has all come too late
    For liberty, as such.

So ‘tis in Australia
    And America’s sites,
Where the best now, I think,
    Is to respect land rights.

(C) David Franks 2003

Captain Cook's Landing Place, Spring 2011