Invasion Day

Today is Australia Day. aka Invasion Day or Survival Day It is an ill-chosen date for a national holiday as it commemorates the landing of the First Fleet and the start of British settler colonialism which of course led to horrendous violence (genocide) against the Aboriginal people. My thoughts in a sort of poem…

Invasion Day

Perky girls in
patriotic
made in China
beachwear

flag bikinis
bedecking 
their orange-brown
bodies
sweating
in the summer
heat

blond
sombrero boys
white zinc noses
and capes
of southern cross polyester
flapping parochially
in their
wake

chanting
laughing
singing
barbecuing
boozing
swearing
celebrating

under the glorious empire sun

drinking to their
parched
“lucky”
country
and their day off work

Holdens revving
in time
to tuneless renditions
of Waltzing Matilda
or Khe Sanh

the irony completely
lost on them
as they curse
Aboriginal rights
migrants
boat people
and un-Australian values
taking root in
“their land”

this is Australia
this is Australia Day

the view from the beach
in 1788
however
was no cause
for celebration

26 January
Invasion Day
a day of
mourning

Karin Speedy 25/01/2016

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