Port Augusta poets feature in Graham Lindsay’s 'When ANZAC Day Comes Around'

A PAIR of keen Port Augusta-based poets have taken their passion celebrating Australian war heroes and put it to paper.

Graham Lindsay’s When ANZAC Day Comes Around is a collection of ANZAC-themed poems written by budding and professional poets from around the country.

Port Augusta locals Malcolm Simes and Rob Williams each had a poem featured in the book.

Mr Williams wrote of the vivid realities of war and the horrors coming with it.

Mr Simes’ Aboriginal Soldiers remembers the unheralded and often forgotten plight of Aboriginal’s fighting under the Australian flag.

Aboriginal Soldiers, by Malcolm Simes

They joined up in the AIF way back in WW1

And then again in WW2 they sent their favorite son

There’s not a lot that’s written of all those who went to wars

Of Aboriginal soldiers that helped protect our shores   

They came from rural families and country towns around

Like everyone their history in our records can be found

They went to war together from stations far and wide

In answer to our country’s call and to serve with pride

Our background may be different, but side by side we stand  

Both Black and White together to help Protect our Land

Dedicated to all Aboriginal Servicemen and women

They grow not old as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

– We will remember them

POETRY: Malcolm Simes with a plaque featuring some of his work. He's one of two Port Augusta locals to have their war poetry published recently.

POETRY: Malcolm Simes with a plaque featuring some of his work. He's one of two Port Augusta locals to have their war poetry published recently.