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.