SIEV X

THE GHOST BOAT IN OUR WAY

SIEV X: WHERE IS THE MONUMENT

TO THE 353 LIVES LOST, DESPERATLEY

DROWNING OCTOBER 19th 2001?

SIEV X: WOMEN AND CHILDREN PLEAD

ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR THE BOMBS

AND BULLETS TO STOP, FORCING

THEM TO FLEE.

SIEV X: THEY COME TO HOWARD’S END

WHOSE MONUMENT WILL BE TO HIS

CAPTAINCY WHICH IGNORED THE

SCRAMBLING HANDS REACHING AT HIS FEET

FROM THE WARMING WAVES BELOW,

BECAUSE HE SIGNED A HYPOCRATIC OATH

TO FREEDOM FROM TERROR.

SIEV X: LET YOUR CHILDREN SING

FROM THE SHADOWY DEPTHS OF

THIS NATIONS OCEANIC TABLE

SO WE DON’T EASILY FORGET

WHERE YOU ARE, REMEMBERING

HOW CALLOUS WE CAN BE,

TO OTHERS WHOSE LIVES WE CAN DECIDE

ARE WORTH SAVING OR GRIEVING FOR.

SIEV X: your individual names

not written in stone like some are,

but I can keep saying those

146 children, 142 women, 65 men

were the bravest, and honour them

for their hope in us Australians.

SIEV X -Lest We Forget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie McNeill (c)copyright Oct 2006

all rights reserved

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