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Old May 6th, 2006, 12:52 PM
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I have written poetry for a while but this is my first time to share with anyone other than very close friends. I usually write about things that have affected me directly however I wrote this poem a while ago after a sleepless night when the voices of the Kelly gang filled my head.

Title: Ghosts of Men
Author: Mollie
Category: Based on various histories of the Kelly Gang
Rating: G


Ghosts of Men

No more, never to be, we are just a memory, a legend, lives cut short
On still nights can you hear our voices calling?
The shots ringing out across the gullies
over the dry hills with the gum trees, bark peeling

Do those that carry our blood still mourn us?
Or have our deeds become that by which we are remembered
So that our thoughts and dreams are only a pale shade
have we become history

We were but boys
Boys who took hostages, but arranged flowers for mass
Who fate turned against and condemned
We died as men but never lived

And as the wind blows stirring the dust
Muttering of memories of blood and of fire
Can you hear us calling to you?
Calling over the long years

Remember, remember us…
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Old May 6th, 2006, 01:09 PM
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our thoughts and dreams are only a pale shade
I love this line. I can hear them too and this poem makes me cry. Thank you for posting this Ki.

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Old May 6th, 2006, 01:17 PM
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Thanks Gem they were talking quite loudly in my head that night, I had to get up and write it down
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Old May 6th, 2006, 01:50 PM
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KI!! Am so happy you finally posted this so others can read! well done. You know how much I love it already, it is sad and full and haunting.
Fabulous!
Died as men but never lived
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Old May 6th, 2006, 01:53 PM
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That's beautiful, Ki. I sometimes wonder what these men would think if they knew how many of us still do remember them, all around the world and without having any real connection to them.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 02:03 PM
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That is wonderful Ki, wonderful Especially poignant with the things I've seen today, even just the description of the bush.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 10:39 PM
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wow this was so brilliant!! I was going to quote a line but Nuit already did I love that whole part. This was really great you really captured them in this
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Old May 7th, 2006, 12:46 AM
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Thank you so much Nuit - I knew that you and Gem would be here, thanks to the both of you for the encouragement

Sazi, Avalon and Gibb it means so much that you read and commented.
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Ki, that's really lovely and haunting.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 12:30 PM
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Ki, your words are gorgeous.

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Do those that carry our blood still mourn us?
Or have our deeds become that by which we are remembered
So that our thoughts and dreams are only a pale shade
have we become history
This section gave me goosebumps, it's so sad

Thanks so much for posting here
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Oh, I love it, Ki!!! It's just incredible! I wish I could write like this...
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Old May 18th, 2006, 12:09 PM
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Thank you Unplugged and Nika for your lovely comments. Here is another poem, it was written while I was reading a number of histories on the Kelly gang. Blame Nuit and Gem...


Title: Black Smoke Dreams
Author: Ki
Category: Based on historical accounts of the Kelly Gang
Type: Poem,
Rating R: implied drug use
Warnings: Poem is based on the factual records of Joe Byrne's use of opium and the historical evidence that he became quite dependent on it. Please note that this poem does not condone or promote the use of drugs in any way.

Black Smoke Dreams

The soft sweet smoke
Curls, slowly gently
Into my mind
My soul

Smoothing the rough edges
Drawing soft dreams
Over my tired body
Chasing my fear away

Days of sun and laughter
Memories of my sisters
Drift through my thoughts
My body feels heavy

And I fall into the black
That closes up and around me
Cocooning me
Pulling me under and away
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Old May 18th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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Great work again dear I think I've read it about 10 times over already! I like how it sounds kinda dreamy, but there's hints of the danger it could result in too.
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Old May 18th, 2006, 03:23 PM
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is great KI- feels black and curly and smoky and like someone put a cushion on everything, just fabulous. Keep them coming honey!
love the smoke curling into his mind- can see that- is a wonderful image. And 'drawing soft dreams over tired body' what a visual image for a unconscious unseen happening. Wonderful mixture of sensuality- in the sense of feeling- combined with thought.
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I love the melancholy contentment of this, him surrendering himself. Very sensual and a wonderful image, like Nuit said.

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Thanks everyone for the comments Here is another one and surprise it is not about Joe and the Kelly gang..

Title: Untitled
Author: Ki
Type: Poem
Category: based on life and a chance meeting



There is an abyss between us
One that we can never cross
For it is bottomless
Carved out of bitterness and pain
A chasm that cannot be bridged

If accidentally we meet, we speak
to talk of the mundane
While inside we are screaming
Wanting, waiting for just one crack
In the façade that we hide behind

Wanting but still breathlessly hoping
That we will maintain control
Lest the past overwhelm us
And everything spills forth.
We are unable to bear each other’s pain.

So we speak and go on our way
Trying to blot out the memories
Each pushing those recollections back
Into the dark corners of our minds
Trying to pretend that we are whole.
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Old June 5th, 2006, 11:42 AM
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Thanks for sharing Ki, I quite liked that. Have read it a couple of times over already.
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Old June 6th, 2006, 07:08 AM
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Trying to pretend that we are whole

Thank you for sharing this Ki.

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Wow, that was really wonderful Ki. I was really moved by it.
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Old June 6th, 2006, 11:48 AM
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Thank you Avalon, Gem and Pumpkin it is much harder putting things here that are personal, I am glad that you liked it.
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Old June 11th, 2006, 07:52 AM
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jeez, i don't know how I ended up missing this when you posted it..but a treat for me now that I found it. Is gapingly painful Ki, the last line in particular made me catch my breath. I can understand that it isn't easy to post more personal stuff but it would be great to see more. You have a way with words honey X
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Thank you Nuit. I have a lot of stuff and the time seemed right for this one.. I suppose that the others will have their time as well.
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Painful but very real; your writing is beautiful
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Title: Untitled
Author: Ki
Category: Drawn from various books on the Kelly Gang
Type: Poem,
Rating R:
Warnings: Suicidal thoughts implied
Summary: I wrote this poem a while back when Gem needed a poem for something that she was working on. I wrote a number of them some OK and some rubbish and only just thought of this one again after reading Ms Erupt's latest work and how despite what they were going through they still had faith. Just a note that in the Catholic Church (I am not sure about others) if you took you own life you did not get to heaven but were a soul in purgatory forever.




Sleep but do not rest
Wake unable to breathe
Laugh, but it cannot ease the fear
That holds on to our hearts

Bodies so tired from sleeping rough
Night after night in the cold
The mud and the rain
Soaks into our very bones

Moving always moving
Trying to keep ahead
Of the coppers and the squatters
Who curse our names

We pray sometimes
Though it is hard not to think
That our God has forsaken us
But we have faith

In my pocket I carry
both bible and poison
By this end purgatory waits
I will not hang – God forgive me.
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