States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Yurna Australia’ by Charmaine Papertalk-Green

Can you smell it?
Not like the first rains
Nor the first blooms
But a rather putrid
Vomit inducing smell
The bad smell of Australia

Like stinking body odour
Emitted at footy matches
Fast on social media
With each boo the
Smell got stronger
With each name calling
The smell got stronger
With each denial the
Smell got stronger
Yurna; Yurna
Lingering smell of racism
Australian style


Charmaine Papertalk-Green