A to Z Challenge – P is for Petrol

April 18, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015, Indigenous health, Poetry | 9 Comments
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A2Z-BADGE [2015] - Life is Good

This poem is one that some may find offensive or distressing. I wrote it after seeing a “Lateline” programme on ABC TV about the predations of a paedophile in Mutitjulu (Ayers Rock Aboriginal community in the NT). Petrol sniffing is still a problem.

Petrol for Sex

.

Her body moves in rhythm to his thrusts.

Eyes closed, she’s in another world,

unaware of what is happening to her.

Twelve years old, a child –

the focus of his warped desires.

Should be in school, but it never was important

even when she was aware.

No future anyway. Why bother?

.

Finished, the old man pushes her aside.

She whimpers, and reaches out

for the can of petrol on the sand – her payment.

Dull eyes momentarily gleam

as she holds it to her face and inhales,

killing a few million more brain cells.

But she doesn’t know about that –

And he doesn’t care.

.

(c) Linda Visman

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