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What Becomes of Us Now?

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Brooke Rabone

on 22 June 2014

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Transcript of What Becomes of Us Now?

So what becomes of us now, since Mr Rudd has said sorry,
Will our people be treated equal? That's my biggest worry.

Our children are still suffering, we still struggle from day to day.
We can't get funds to fix our homes, yet the mainstream find a way.

What becomes of us now, we're still fighting for our own native land.
White fella just don't get it, they don't seem to understand.

Australia, it's our birth right, this dirt is where we bleed.
Our ancestors walked and breathe on this earth, it's here they planted their seed.

So what's becoming of me now, I'm gonna stand up for my mob with pride,
No time to be intimidated, no time to run and hide.

What Becomes of Us Now?
A Poem by Dan Davis, Queensland
Analysis of the Poem
The writer, Dan Davis, claims in the poem that Australia as a land is a the "birth right" of Aboriginals. His suggestive rage in the poem indicates that he feels very strongly about the topics that he has written about in the poem.
The poem raises many controversial questions. Are Aboriginals not equal to other races (especially white or European races) in Australia? Was Kevin Rudd's national apology to the stolen generation not "good enough"? Did Kevin Rudd's apology positively effect Aboriginal, and did it change the way the population of Aboriginals are treated? Are Aboriginals still "struggling" today, even in modern society and in modern Australia?
The topics and arguments that may arise from these questions which were suggestive of the poem are very important and controversial topics.
The poem and the topics expressed in it are very important because they point out the inequality between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals, and the disadvantages that Aboriginals must face, all from an Aboriginal's point of view. The topics discussed indicate racism, which is a whole another controversial topic in itself.
Analysis of the Poem
Analysis of the Poem
Just what's gonna become of this Kukuyalnjii Murri.
Source: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/what-becomes-of-us-now
I wanna make everyone hear my voice, make them turn around and see,
Year 9 Text Response Oral Presentation
By Brooke Rabone
The poem "What Becomes of Us Now?" by Dan Davis mentions many important topics involving Aboriginals in modern Australia, and the Australian government. The writer questions "what becomes of us now?", with the pronoun "us" referring to the Aboriginal and/or Indigenous people of Australia. The writer addresses the fact that although former prime minister Kevin Rudd officially apologized to the "stolen generation" of Aboriginals in Australia during 2008, Aborigines are still are a disadvantaged minority in Australia, and that Aborigines are still not equal to the mainstream "white fella."
This writing piece was created in March, 2013.

Above: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on screen in Federation Square, Melbourne, apologizing to the Stolen Generations in 2008. virginiam/Flickr Source: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2012/11/27/collective-apologies-heartfelt-or-harmful/#sthash.Ss44LVfg.dpuf
Personally, the topics that arise from this poem are very important to me, because I believe in equality, and I want to live in a country where every race, gender and sexuality are equal.
The main theme in this poem is inequality. The message behind the poem is that white people in Australia still have many more advantages in lifestyle and privileges than Aboriginals in Australia, even though Kevin Rudd apologized to the stolen generation in 2008. The idea of the poem is questioning; the writer has bundled up many topics and themes together and summarizes it all by questioning, "what will become of us now?", hence the title of the poem.
Analysis of the Poem
The writer used the event of Kevin Rudd's national apology as an example in his poem; as evidence. Key words such as "still", "struggle", "mainstream", "birth right" and "intimidated" reinforce the themes and the true meaning behind the poem. Again, the question that is asked throughout the poem, "what will become of us now?" also clearly reinforces and summarizes the main point of the poem.
Poet Dan Davis supposedly uses a phrase of the poem, stating "we're still fighting for our own native land" as a metaphor for that Aboriginals are still fighting for their own rights from when their own native land was taken away from them.
One technique involved in the writing of the poem is how Dan Davis writes from his own point of view, in first person. Since he himself is an Aboriginal, his point of view and opinion add even more meaning and sadness to the piece. It gives a whole new outlook on the very controversial topics expressed and discussed. Another technique included is exaggeration; "this dirt is where we
." From reading the poem, you instantly know that Dan Davis is an Aboriginal man, because of his inclusive language used; "our children", "our people", "us."
Other language features and/or writing techniques used in the poem are:
Negative Connotation - "suffering", "worry", "can't", "bleed", "mob", "intimidated", "run and hide."
Rhetorical Question - "What will become of us now?"
Symbolism - "This dirt is where we bleed."
Setting - Australia, "our own native land."
Characters - Aboriginals and "white fella" - "our people."
Analysis of the Poem
"What Becomes of Us Now?" causes me to think that the Australian government should do more to make Aboriginals equal to other races. This is a result of the mention of Kevin Rudd's apology speech, and the result of key words including "funds" applied as techniques to the writing piece.

Poets Explanation Letter to the Class
Dear 9.7,
While writing this poem, I chose specific words and examples to give the reader (aka. you) a clear understanding of the main themes, and the main point of the poem. Exaggeration was key when writing my poem; "struggle", "bleed", "suffering." These words add much more depth to the poem. Evidence in the poem includes the mention of Kevin Rudd's national apology, the fact that Aboriginals are still a minority, and not "mainstream", and that Aboriginals receive little funds from the government to do things like "fix" their "homes." I used a rhetorical question and used negative wording so that the poem would effect your thinking process and stick in your mind for as long as possible. Symbolism, characters and settings are what make the poem personal, meaningful and relatable. if the poem was not set in this country, about Aboriginal people, it would be less relatable amd overall, less meaningful.

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