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My Version of a Sonnet: One Legal Fiction Still Remains

Posted in My Writings, Poems with tags , , , , on September 20, 2009 by marvynmc
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.

Worried Police plead for Hindley St help

Posted in Australia, My Beliefs, politics, South Australia with tags , , , , , on August 15, 2009 by marvynmc
We need more Police numbers on the Street Level to ensure the peace and safety of the general public and we need more Teachers numbers in the schools to ensure our youth are fully educated so that they become good citizens.
Why is it that within Australian Society our Sports People, who only play a game on weekends or for a limited season, are paid astronomical wages and given more accoclades than the real, often unsung, heroes of our communities, Police, Teachers, Fireman, Nurses and Doctors.In order to achieve such things we need to ensure that we pay them a good wage and good working conditions so that more of our citizens want to become a Police Officer or a Teacher.

Even the politicians receive more money and benefits for their often useless political rhetoric and posturing than our real community heroes: Police, Teachers, Fireman, Nurses and Doctors.

Federal Government needs to take over management of ALL Water Resources

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 9, 2009 by marvynmc

 

What do you think?

The Rivers Murray & Darling, and all water resources for that matter, need to be manage and controlled fully by the Federal Government because the States have stuffed it up….

The state of the River Murray, Lower Lakes and the Coorong is a National Disaster – but it appears to be all talk and arguments between the States, as per usual, and no Action.

When there is a National Disaster like a Bushfire – Everyone in Australia comes a running to stop, fight and rebuild – but houses can be rebuilt, animals are reborn, houses, towns and communities can be rebuilt –

BUT

Our Water Resources cannot be replenished once they are gone and no one seems to give a shit about it…

WHEN ALL OUR FRESH WATER RESOURCES ARE GONE WHAT SHALL WE DRINK THEN?

OUR URINE?

Part 2: How do we save Aboriginal people these days from self-pity?

Posted in Aboriginal with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2009 by marvynmc
How do we save people these days from self-pity and discouragement and suicide here in Port Augusta? It seems easy to blame others, but what can we do to change things?
Part 1 of this note basically said:
  • ‘erase the word self-pity from your mind’
  • that there are reasons why Aboriginal Peoples feel the way they do
  • it is often very difficult for Non-Aboriginal people to have empathy with Aboriginal Peoples because they have never experienced some of the issues and problems we Aboriginal people often have to face each day.
  • also the first note highlighted that we Aboriginal people have only had relatively 42 years of freedom to develop freely again has a race and people, though we are fully aware that for every step forward we often take five steps back.
  • whilst for some Christianity (or any religion for that matter) can be useful today it faithful followers need to be ever mindful that in the past religion was often used to oppress and strip away a great part of Aboriginal culture and identity.

By me saying all this let me make one thing very very clear – this does not mean that we Aboriginal people can then merely sit down on our backsides forever pointing our finger at the whitefellas and blaming them, for when we point our finger at them we must always remember that there are always three fingers pointing back out us.

So now having said all that, I want to actually re-phrase the original question by turning:

How do we save people these days from self-pity and discouragement and suicide here in Port Augusta? It seems easy to blame others, but what can we do to change things?

INTO

How do we teach people to take some personal responsibility for their lot in life and how to encourage them to turn their lives around, especially those people who may be abusing substances or even contemplating suicide?

I like this quote:

I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

Personal Responsibility is acknowledging and accepting the fact that You, and only You, are the only one answerable to the outcome of Your life. Taking personal responsibility means to accept the consequences of Your life as a result of Your actions and inactions.

At the end of the day You are ultimately responsible for everything around You. You are in full control of what happens and what your reaction would be. There is no one to blame except for yourself.

 
What the Above Poster Say is This
It seems easier to defend actions than to honestly examine them. We are quicker to attack than admit. Admission requires courage! When we summon the courage to take ownership of our experiences to see them just as they are, to feel them, we will recover the blueprints of  our lives. We will face our fears and find the transparent beliefs that create them. Becoming more honest with ourselves means introducing more honesty into the collective conciousness of the world, and this lays a foundation upon which an elightened planetary civilisation can be built
 
I like this story
 
One day a high-school philosophy teacher first approached a student with this idea, that at the end of the day You are ultimately responsible for everything around You. You are in full control of what happens and what your reaction would be. There is no one to blame except for yourself.

The student answered:

“Bullshit. How am I supposed to be responsible for everything? What if you throw a book at me and I have to go to the hospital? How is being hit with a book my responsibility?”

The high-school philosophy teacher resonded with a grin and said:

“You should have moved”.

Because our people have only recently been released from the 179 years of the burdensome yoke of opression they often still feel its invisible weight upon their shoulders, minds and perceptions.

Some fall into bad behaviour by abusing drugs and alcohol to take away their pains and heartache but in the end such bad behaviour ultimately can lead to death and oblivion.

Others have come through stronger and more wiser from their many trials and tribulations and it is often only these Aboriginal People who can help other Aboriginal People to hopefully overcome their own trials and tribulations for they can truly have empathy for their Brothers and Sisters.

Some times we Aboriginal Peoples still often need the help, assistance, experience, knowledge and friendship of our Fellow White Australians to help us make it through, but that does not mean we should then sit idly by and let them do all the work – in fact we must be the ones to get up and lead the way for both our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Brothers and Sisters to follow.

We must take personal responsibility not only for ourselves; we must also take personal responsibility for our children/grand-children, our Familys, our Communities and any White Australian Brother and Sister who may want to help us .

Such personal responsibility is often hard work, with long hours and with limited rewards and recognition.

Some times you will be often knocked flat by the very People You are trying to help, by Your own Family and even white fellas – but never give up, when knocked flat to the ground, dust yourself off, pick yourself up from the ground, and go into the fray again and again.

But do not burn yourself out – always have an outlet and periods of rest and relaxation away from it all and recharge your batteries – for if you cannot look after yourself how can you ever hope to look after others…

 

Transcontinental News Story Published 29 July 2009 – ‘Shamed’ by in-fighting

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, culture, Education, Health, Health & Wellbeing, My Beliefs, politics, South Australia, Stories about Me with tags , , , , , , , on August 8, 2009 by marvynmc
Here is the New Article Story I and the Editor of the Trans worked on:
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Walha Udi & his Son (nephew) Josh Coulthard-Wayehill at NAIDOC Week – Mr McKenzie said Elders must set an example for young people
An Aboriginal man said he is ashamed by the frequency and severity of fights between young Aboriginal People in Port Augusta.

Marvyn McKenzie Snr made the call after a fight between two of his nephews, resulting in one being hospitalised.

Mr McKenzie said this sort of behaviour set back past achievements of the Region’s Elders and gave Aboriginal People a bad name among the greater community.

‘Sometimes I am ashamed to call myself Aboriginal, especially at times when I hear of Aboriginal People and Families fighting other Aboriginal Families, especially some of youth and some of our elders who sohuld know better’ he said.

‘What are they doing (by fighting) is dividing us as a Community, as a People, and making it hard for us to achieve our social goals, political goals and health goals.

‘The (Aboriginal) Flag should be the one that unites us; respect our differences, but we have got to recognise the ones that unites us.’

Mr McKenzie said the behaviour ‘undid’ the work of Aboriginal Elders from various language groups in the 1960s, negotiating peace with one another in Port Augusta.

‘Many people in Port Augusta have forgotten that when the migration of Aboriginal people from far flung Aboriginal missions and reserves began to occur our Elder Lawmen got together firstly to make it culturally right to enter onto the lands and waters of Port Augusta and to establish rules of conduct, relationships and behaviour towards one another,’ he said.

‘Most of the Elder Lawmen have now passed on but that does not mean that the unwritten sacred agreements and laws they made for us all have, these old laws and agreements must still apply to us all today, otherwise we dishonour them and ourselves.’

He also expressed concern over “gang” behaviour where people held on to arguements they were not directly involved in.

‘My message is this: don’t gang up. If someone does something to them or says something to them, it is not to you. So its their problem, not yours,’ he said.

‘Otherwise the problem just grows and gets bigger and bigger…and it becomes generational, when really we should be working togetherlike our Elders did.’

According to Mr McKenzie, Elders also need to teach younger generations about their past, including the peace treaty and traditiona laws regarding fights.

‘If our kids are fighting or arguing, we Elders should not get involved other than to say, ‘If you going to fight each other then let it be a fair and square fight and once the fight is over, that’s it, end of story and the fight or argument is not to be brought up again,’ he said.

According to Mr McKenzie, under traditional law, fights had to be kept clean and fair and should end with the last punch.

‘If they are the ground, you don’t kick them – that was our traditional way, our culture,’ he said.

‘If you did kick them while they were on the ground, you had broken our law and were punished severly.’

‘If the person kicked (should have been knocked) me down – fairly – I’d buy them a beer and the fight was finished and never brought up again.’