My Version of a Sonnet: One Legal Fiction Still Remains

Nhangka,

Starting to write again for my own pleasure and happiness after many years of writing grant submissions and reports for communities and governments.

Much of my writing is always influenced by my Aboriginality and Personal Life Experiences and thus much of my writing will often be of a political nature.

I am currently experimenting with the many different forms of writing, prose and poems.

I often find it difficult to keep strictly to the rhyming scheme and rules of writing poetry, prose, sonnets or verse etc because English is such a hard and difficult language to learn and write.

But anyway nevertheless here is my own personal version of a 14 line sonnet although I must admit the structure and prose do not actually follow the normal Shakespearean Sonnet, or English sonnet, but who cares, not I, as long as I write for myself and others enjoy it and get the message within it.

One Legal Fiction Still Remains
© 2009 Walha Udi Marvyn McKenzie Snr

Here we stand upon our ancestral land,
Oppressed, battered, disregarded we shed our tears,
We never gave it away willingly but made our stand,
And throughout we have always shouted out our many fears,

The legal fiction of Terra Nullius finally torn down,
But one legal fiction still upon their hearts and minds remain,
For how can we prove Aboriginal Sovereignty without a crown?
And whilst not yet achieved thus will always be a stain,

A stain as such remains our shared future can not we achieve,
A shared future achievement of honour, respect and equality,
Their actions, words and promises continue through a sieve,
Vanished always upon the wind once uttered meekly,

On one concept, idea and opinion we will always strongly stand,
Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

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One Response to “My Version of a Sonnet: One Legal Fiction Still Remains”

  1. That’s a deadly poem Marvyn. I think it would go down well in many classrooms. And I LOVE the image – remembering Kevin Gilbert – truly an inspirational intellect.

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