Compiled by Kate Shayler, author of The Long Way Home and A Tuesday Thing
Nominated in 2012 for a Global eBook Award, The Prime Minister's Literary Award and the Colin Roderick Prize, among others, Burnished: Burnside Life Stories brings us stories of hope, clarity and understanding of the resilience of the human spirit from a range of Forgotten Australians who spent their formative years at Burnside Children's Homes.
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New Xin Zhang
Graham SparksBathurst, NSW
Xin Zhangs old and new
are similar in many ways
as I shall now expound,
for one, both vast and ancient lands
do bask beneath a baking sun,
and deserts broad and lonely
do spread beneath eternal blue.
Both lands are peopled with a myriad species
of that funny little biped,
and both do harbour herds of camels,
although Old Xin Zhang favours bactrians
where ‘New’ prefers the drom’.
Both Old and New are suffering alike,
afflicted by a foreign hunger,
but here the two diverge you see,
for Xin Zhang Old is putting up a fight,
where Xin Zhang new,
directed from the House at Canberra,
does acquiesce without a whimper.
The Australian Government allows foreign corporations and powers to do anything they want here, without asking the Australian people by way of referendum. As China is particularly powerful, China’s machinations loom large in Australia, and therefore is a big target for my disdain, equal to my disdain for our politicians, or should I call them ‘comparadores’? At least the people of Xin Zhang act upon their disdain, unlike Australian people who merely shrug and watch football.