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Jim Aubrey - poem&pix
In the 1996 federal election I stood for the Australian Democrats against the foreign affairs minister – what’s his name? Who cares! Anyway, the Democrats had a slogan dating back to Don Chipp, a wonderful politician with unusual integrity. When he left the Liberal Party to form the Democrats he promised to “keep the bastards honest”. I updated the slogan for my campaign – KICK THE BASTARDS OUT! I believe this slogan is appropriate for every state and federal election. The major parties are not only responsible for inaction on climate change, they are responsible for causing it! Future generations….scrap that, because the youngsters are already asking: Who were the perpetrators? Who were the bystanders? Who were the collaborators? “You in the front row with your hand up – what’s your answer?” The five-year-old rugrat had no hesitation: “The Liberal-National Parties and the Labor Party.” I stared hard at this kid – “And what should we do about that?” Again, no hesitation: “Kick the bastards out!”
CLEAN COAL HONEY is dedicated to the Minister for What’s Left of the Environment. (This poem was denied entry into the 2019 Ipswich Art Awards.)
GRASS IN GREEN MEADOW was first performed in Cafe Maldon on 19 July 2002, using a personalized form of Tai Chi to dramatize the performance and the textual imagery. This poem struck an emotional chord with all audiences during a short USA tour in 2003. Last performed at the retirement gig in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens which was used to raise significant support for the freedom struggles in Tibet and West Papua, and for an orphanage in Timor-Leste.
Click image to view artwork and poem. Giclée fine art prints for the series, The Living Condition in the Era of Climate Change, are available for purchase - see “shop”.
In the 1996 federal election I stood for the Australian Democrats against the foreign affairs minister – what’s his name? Who cares! Anyway, the Democrats had a slogan dating back to Don Chipp, a wonderful politician with unusual integrity. When he left the Liberal Party to form the Democrats he promised to “keep the bastards honest”. I updated the slogan for my campaign – KICK THE BASTARDS OUT!
I believe this slogan is appropriate for every state and federal election. The major parties are not only responsible for inaction on climate change, they are responsible for causing it! Future generations….scrap that, because the youngsters are already asking: Who were the perpetrators? Who were the bystanders? Who were the collaborators? “You, front row with your hand up – what’s your answer?” The five-year-old rugrat had no hesitation: “The Liberal- National Parties and the Labor Party.” I stared hard at this kid – “And what should we do about that?” Again, no hesitation: “Kick the bastards out!”
CLEAN COAL HONEY is dedicated to the Minister for What’s Left of the Environment. (Denied entry into the 2019 Ipswich Art Awards.)
Jim Aubrey - poem&pix
Grass in Green Meadow Chinese eat dog. Japanese eat whale. Les Français eat snail. Some fellas eat grub. Africans eat wildebeest. Latinoamericanos eat testicles of bull. Cowboys and Indians eat bison. Other fellas eat kangaroo. Dog eat lazy dog. Whale eat sea plankton. Snail eat plant. Grub eat leaf. Wildebeest eat grass. Bull eat grass. Bison eat grass. Kangaroo eat grass. Lazy dog eat no one. Sea plankton eat no one. Leaf eat no one. Plant eat no one. Grass in green meadow softens with gentle whisper of breeze and tears of Tibetan monks.