Dogs 2010

TRUGANINI'S LEGACY
(8/28/10)


the last
full blooded
survivor
of history's
only recorded
successful genocide
she said little
of the past
in her final
years

she
feared
being feeble
and giving away
the final
of her race's
secrets

they had
bundled
together
the few remaining
uncaptured children
in a fishing canoe
sheltered them
as well as possible
provided food and water
and launched them
into the sea
out of sight
of the European
oppressors

they
never saw
their progeny
again

a French
tall ship
shadowing
the coastlines
forever jealous
of the lands
that could have
been their own
had found
the children
and relocated them
to the mainland

they were
taken in
by the local
aborigines
and raised
as family

nine
generations later
a young woman
was entrusted
with a tattered
diary
told of her ancestors'
story
and left to deal
with the revelation
as she saw fit

the
next day
she boarded
a Melbourne to Hobart
Quantas flight

one way