Cut off from the rest of society
I lost my friends, they said I don’t fit in.
I fell into a group of misfits.
I became the friend of the outcast.
I locked myself in my room to battle with my demons.
Insanity knocked constantly at my door.
Your going mad I thought.

The world it can be a hostile and alien place.
Full of greed and malice.
Who else can drink my chalice.
I didn’t come to live in no God dam palace.
I’ll not fight like William Wallace.

And so I booked my voyage on that ocean liner.
Me and my mates, the best of whom could not be finer.
We sailed across the seas, at his majesties pleasure.
Off to Australia, to see who’d live up to the measure.

Fourteen or seven years hard labour, should see us all reformed.
If we didn’t lay dead in the ships hold deformed.
We’ve no time to grieve their loss.
Tears ain’t going to be my boss.

Like ants, we built this colony.
You could be hung for any new felony.
We set to work, clearing land.
And built our prisons with our hands.

Some tried to go AWOL.
In the bush time took it’s toll.
Of hopeful souls, trying to make for China.
In this lucky country, hell hole.

A few survived by their endeavours.
play the system, toed the line
you’ve done the crime, just do your time.

They say our prisons are over crowded.
And other hopeful souls are trying to reach our shores.
I’m sorry but we’ve heard it all before.
Unless your armoury is larger, or you can bribe us with your stores.

Other boats are lost at sea.
Other Souls have found their graves.
Unless you’ve filled in the correct forms.
Play the system and toe the line.
Jump the Queue, and you’ll do some time.


Peter Shanahan

Boronia, Australia

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Australia really is the lucky country, lucky for some.

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