Poem

Maxine Beneba Clarke
The Gospel of Peter

 a poem constructed from the words of Peter Dutton

 

 

african gangs have taken over the streets,

melburnians are afraid to go out to eat

 

                                                 and asylum seekers are having

 

anchor babies … armed with pro bono lawyers

          trying to leverage migration

 

 

                      meanwhile

a hardened criminal population

occupies the detention centre

                 on christmas island

 

 

     and

people who need medical services will be displaced:

             australians who are in waiting lines

 

 

 

nauru rape survivors, begging for abortions, they’re

                                    trying it on … [until] they step off the plane

 

 

          and climate protesters

should be jailed, until their behaviour changes

 

take their photos and names,

let their families know

                                      shame them

 

 

there is the gospel

as peter proclaimed it

This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Oct 12, 2019 as "The Gospel of Peter". Subscribe here.

Maxine Beneba Clarke
is The Saturday Paper’s poet laureate, and the author of The Hate Race and Foreign Soil. She is a winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.