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Get rid of your self-hatred As that is your true enemy Your self-esteem will be lifted When you accept yourself totally We know you have been wounded And hurt by all those haters But your heart must be open To go through the healing stages You must not live in prison Inside of your human body As you are supposed to be free So you can enjoy your life properly Forgiveness is the answer Although it’s hard to do But that is the real test To see if you are true A man is who he is Because of the attitude of his heart So let down your defences As so far you have been on guard
Reflect on this poem
- What does the author of this poem encourage you to do?
- In a few words, describe how you would do this.
- Has this poem been written for an Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal person?
- What subconscious issue addresses the poem in Australian society?