The First Is The Last

We are the first born of this land 

But we are cursed 

We are the tail of everything 

Our land was robbed 

Our blood was tainted 

Our children were stolen 

Our identity was denied 

We bury generations of grief  

Into drunken days and nights 

Our refuge is the dreaming 

Under the watch of our sky father 

The only place we are the first 

And his favourite 

Writer’s notes: This poem is about the Australian First Nation Peoples (the Aboriginal Australians) who continue to suffer from the oppressed and persecuted past. 

Author: Cassa Bassa

🇦🇺🇨🇳 inquisitive, observant, witty, a thinker, was a misfit child 😊

13 thoughts on “The First Is The Last”

  1. The ambitions of the imperialist powers is the sorrow and oppression of the rest. It is correct to consider the aboriginal people, of any land, as First Nation, they apply that term in Canada as well. In the US, where they try to invent terms and them stick them on people, whether it is right or wrong, they call First Nation People, the Native Americans. That term does not make any sense. First because they were not native to that land and that land was not America. After the naming of the continent, America became North, Central, Antillean and South America, and everybody born on the continent, and there is only one continent, is an American. Great poem, lovely, powerful, real and very meaningful. Wishing you all the best, my solidarity and a lovely day!

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  2. It’s so tragic–but it’s also why highlighting that history is so important, alongside making the culture and various contributions of this group of people better known. They deserve to be recognized.

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  3. A wonderful poem, with an important message. The vastness of imperialism and colonialism is everywhere, as various states of systematic oppression continues around the globe. Thank you for sharing this poem with us, Cassa.

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