General Poetry posted September 8, 2021

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It doesn't pay to be different

The Grey Lady

by Aussie

Captain Cooke captured our land
Planted British flag in our sand
Centuries has passed we were free
Cooke didn't know- this land belongs' me

Cape York called today, sacred be
A girl-child called Narwee
Skin as grey as dead-ash tree
Tribal oddity, not for we

Tribal life continued strong
Until British soldiers came along
Our lives, slaves to sad song
Narwee singled out, tied by leather thong

She was taken, bound to cart
White soldiers laughed, call her tart
Albino oddity taken overseas to start
Prodded, poked, measured tart

She was special, highly regarded, loved
To the British she was an animal to be shoved
Over time she lost her will to live and love
Gave up her earthly self to Creator above

No Rules Poetry Contest contest entry

No Rules Poetry Contest. Based on a true story back in the 1800s. An albino aboriginal girl was taken from her tribe that tended their land in peace in the far north of Queensland. It is said she died from white man's food, missing her people and the disgraceful way she was put under a microscope because she was different in colour to her tribe.
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