of interest

The poem, recently discovered in the MItchell Library by historian Rowan Cahill, was first published in the Union Songs Collection.

Thanks to Mark Gregory.

Further links of interest related to Ernest Antony on his site are:

Ernest Antony: A Forgotten Poet
An article by Rowan Cahill

Ernest Antony and the Hungry Mile - a review of his book,his The Hungry Mile and other poems.

The site also has a number of other poems by Ernest Antony.

 

Anzac 1944

©Ernest Antony 1944

Yes, you'll remember Anzac and the men who died for you,
The fighting fools who fought to forge their wage slave chains anew.
How often have you told us that their glory shall not fade?
How often have you gloated o'er the sacrifice they made.

While you boasted loud of freedom and your famed democracy,
You schemed to cheat the orphans of far off Gallipoli.
You remember! You remember each year for just a day,
Sons of Anzac and the Anzacs - in a superficial way.

While we heard your voices choking with sentimental slime,
There were things that we remembered, we'll remind you of sometime.
We remember "the depression" and the aftermath of war,
The doles queues and starvation in the "world worth fighting for".

While you weave a wondrous future of a world grown good and wise,
We are not the least forgetting all the trickery and lies.
Nor shall we be forgetting who owes to whom the debt,
Oh, yes, we will remember - when you're trying to forget.