My imagined maiden speech as a Member of Parliament, the poem:
(For more see my published article https://theaimn.com/matthews-my-guy/)
(Dedicated to the Parliaments of Australia)
by David Stephen Ayliffe
Liars murderers and thieves,
The world is full of them.
But better people should gather here.
The congregation of the peoples
Should be different without
the barking of dogs across the chamber
demanding the other side acquiesce
under the condemnation of fools.
So much the stuff of our evening news,
their corruption not welcome in the peace loving homes of the brave.
Their bickering loved by multinational pharmaceuticals making a killing
with their suicide prevention drugs
- an epidemic of malaise that cripples our national psyche.
No wonder we don’t like our politicians.
No, news reported from this place should be of a different kind,
the embrace of great and differing minds,
the best of the best coming together for the good of all
deserving our admiration and gratitude.
This place no longer fuel to suffer the mental health of the nation
the blending of great minds and great hearts, a coming together
for the betterment of our humanity's dream
A world where our children laugh and play
aspiring to be like worthy heroes
who are not just comic book creations
but some of them actually here.
This place an example for the innocent child within us.
For here the best of our humanity
reveal how we the people should live our lives
How we should treat each other and govern ourselves
in peace and prosperity.
A true Commonwealth that cares and provides for all.
This place, so loved and cherished
and no longer the butt of jokes so our sons and daughters
will finally seek their place amongst them.
It doesn't have to be an idle wish
But it can be our truth.
As the song says:
“We are the people.
We are one.
We are Australian”.
©℗ DSAyliffe 2018
Thanks to singer/songwriter Bruce Woodley. The last three lines are from his great song “I am Australian” written in 1987 and sung made famous by The Seekers . Perhaps a future government will recognise the lyrics of this song as a genuine Australian anthem.