Grateful

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Words || Kaveri Talukder 

I would like to pretend
That things
Are getting
Better.

But just like
We had people
Like
Lachlan Macquarie’s men
Then,

Now
We have companies
Like
Rio Tinto
Now;

Killing people
Because they were
Born into a
Different culture,

Destroying
Places
That stop
Us from
Drowning in
This shallow
World.

And you call
Yourself
“Civilised.”

I am eternally
Grateful
For the sky,

Because that
Is the one thing
You can’t takeaway
From us.

At least that
Can be passed to
The next generation.