Early in your colonial years, what conditions were you in?
There was no piped water for shower
Nor for soaking in, none even for the garden.
There was no power to brighten your home
And dispel the eerie feelings at night
Save the oil-lamp with its flickering light.
There was no gas for cooking
Your rations of flour, rice and dried meat,
Nor to keep your bedrooms warm
None even for brewing your gin!
All these your women with patience took in.
You didn’t adapt to the natives’ ways
Of fishing nor of their other modes of food procuring.
You faltered____ but you stood up to do better.
Visionary leaders with incentives a-dangling
Together you made inroads towards better quality of living_____ .
A hundred years later, you became an independent land
Transformed from an aborigine-scape
Into one of European heap.
Affluence flowing in, from heads of cattle to tons of wheat
Gold-, iron ore-, coal mines; commerce and flocks of sheep.
In all these your women filled in.
Another era in your life has just begun.
Modern technology has spanned
Of the twenty first century brand
Over and across the dubbed egalitarian land.
Egalitarian, they say of your society.
Have you honestly achieved this in its real sense?
If marriage is a choice for men,
Does it apply equally for women?
If men receive good pay for jobs done,
Does the opposite sex receive the same?
2018 marked the year of Australian women’s
Stormy speeches not only in public but also in the parliament.
Clarion calls for change in the male-dominated chambers of power,
Echo in cafes, parks and trains.
Calling out misdemeanours or lapses in good judgement
Should not end in repression nor revenge
For these are sacred voices for the shy, the timid
And the overwhelmed.
Modern Australia, are you in deeds egalitarian?
Only you would know______ but you have to search deep within.
Engl 102 Australian Lit. Intro
Submitted to Prof. Michael Griffith