Honour For The Stolen – Prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lisa is hosting Prosery (144 words) with an invitation to write including the sentence “I dress in their stories patterned and purple as night.” from the poem ‘When we sing of might’ by Kimberly Blaeser.

dVerse Poets – Prosery – Lost – Found/Lost/children

Photo: still shot from the film ‘The Rabbit Proof Fence’ a story of three aboriginal girls forcibly taken from their mothers and placed in a town far away under white control in oder to assimilate them and exploit them. The film is based on the true story as told by author Doris Pilkington who was taken from her mother at three years of age, in her book of the same name. Known as the Stolen Generation, children were forcibly removed over generations between 1884 and 1969.

“In their grief the women asked why their children should be taken form them.” Doris Pilkington ‘The Rabbit Proof Fence’

Honour For The Stolen

The darkness of enlightened men voids my world in a sadness too weighty to even speak. They pretended to save the world as a ruse to colonise and dehumanise those they encountered in every land who they deemed to be sub-human. Your arrogance is too great to measure and your refuge too trite to count. 

You cowards, you hid behind your public schools, your venture capital, your egos and your hypocrisy in claiming the purity of the bleeding Christ, which raises bile in my throat and fire in my gut. You knew full well the moral weight of your actions. I weep for the loss of life in all its experience, and I dress in their stories patterned and purple as night. I cannot bring them back, but I can honour the beauty of their presence and name the meaning of their lives.

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


Filed under history, justice, life, Restorative Justice, Spirituality, Stolen Generation

46 responses to “Honour For The Stolen – Prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Your are exactly right, Paul. This is such an atrocity. We are dark and selfish to the core and this isa great example of that for sure. Well done.

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    • Paul,
      Oh dear Lord, how the “enlightened” like to disguise themselves in pious sanctimony and virtue while they plunder and maraud nations and peoples, especially those least able to help themselves. This powerful piece of writing can only elicit a response “which raises bile in my throat and fire in my gut.” That this has happened throughout the course of human history hardly negates the suffering: what land has been free of it? what child unharmed by it? still it goes on. As Dwight says, “we are dark and selfish to the core.”

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    • If only it weren’t so, makes my blood boil, many thanks Dwight.

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  2. Your prosery is an excellent response to the prompt. I remember watching “The Rabbit-Proof Fence.” It was just gut-wrenching.

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  3. Very powerful Paul. And these actions raise the bile in my throat too. They certainly are not driven by any God

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  4. Superb ๐Ÿ™‚ You used the quote very well!

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  5. Why is it white people – I am one- think they know better than anyone else?

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  6. Paul, I’m left speechless at the resounding veracity of your words.

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  7. Well done for calling out these cowards, Paul! Such a tragic story. I liked the film.

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  8. Beautifully written. So sad that it is not fiction.

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  9. I am deeply moved by this

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  10. This knocked the breath out of me, Paul.


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  11. truth in your words .. thanks for calling it out Paul! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  12. Your prose piece hits hard, deep, incredibly impactful. Bravo.

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  13. Robyn Marsh-Warfield

    Incredibly hard to accept the reality of human ethical brokenness and arrogance and the suffering it creates. May we be able to teach and guide, in-still new ways for generations to come. Be vigilant and hear the pain. Thank you Paul.

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  14. Strong and powerful write.

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  15. Charis Counselling

    Wow so so well written – such power in this poem



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