J is for Julia and the Joy she gave.
U is for Us, so Useless to save
Labor while staying Loyal to her,
In spite of our Instinct that never
Again could we Australians be so proud of our name.
NOTES: I thought I wouldn’t write another pome or post for this site, but I’ve just been struck by this paragraph and the above picture in the accompanying article by Chloe Hooper in The Monthly.
Why was this intelligent, dedicated, conscientious, patriotic woman, loved by her staff, glowingly admired by the independent MPs who’d just helped her minority government pass the highest rate of legislation of any prime minister, why was she being killed off? One would have thought from the frenzied, almost primitive calls for her head that she’d brought the government or the country to its knees, not just proven herself to be the most capable person in the Labor party.
POST SCRIPT I’ve just (29/07/13) been commenting over at the Political Sword about why I still think that this may possibly be my last effort in verse at polliepomes. Hard to explain why that might be, even to myself much less put it in writing. Of course, one should never say never, so I won’t. At first I thought my reluctance to comment on events of the coup was partly because I have not wanted to put time and effort into arguing the case for (or even against!) the Krudd! I do, however, admire the stalwart determination of people like Lyn and Ad Astra to maintain the fight against the Coalition. I go there every day to read what he has to say and to follow up Lyn’s invaluable links. In the same way I visit Cafe Whispers and read Miglo’s other work at AIMN. BK over at the PUB also helps keep me in touch with mainstream events and commentary on the struggle which many good people on the left are maintaining, and at last with success it seems. So KRudd has his uses. I haven’t however wanted to become involved in discussions as passionately as I have in the past few years. Not just because the joy has gone with Julia. Initially I thought it was that and that as grief passed I would be commenting again. But I think that may not be. These past three years with Julia, those sturdy Independents, the hung Parliament and her government, along with the comedy of Tony Abbott and his inept Opposition, have been a wonderful distraction from the task I had set myself to organize all my old journals and writings. I am increasingly aware of time passing and my memory fading. So if I’m not going to leave a mess for someone else to tidy up or simply dump in the bin I’d better get back on task! If I can find a pome already written relevant to any pressing issues or some particularly dramatic event occurs no doubt I’ll have my say! Ad Astra at The Political Sword responded to this with………
Patriciawa It would be so sad were you to retire completely from commenting on political blog sites, and of course on TPS. So please return from time to time to leave us a brief comment, or one of your delightful pomes.
I have noticed that the volume of comments on TPS has lessened since the departure of Julia Gillard. Suddenly our beloved PM has gone – from being in the news many times a day to scarcely ever being mentioned at all. It’s sad and disheartening, all the more so because the current PM and his ‘Team Rudd’ spent three years undermining her and making life so much more difficult that it need have been. Internal sabotage is much more corrosive that external aggression. The ‘zing’ has gone out of political discourse, and the enthusiasm to comment is diminished. For my part, Kevin Rudd, the mastermind behind the erosion of Julia Gillard, owes Labor supporters big time. His only hope for redemption among many Julia Gillard supporters would be for him to win the election and keep Abbott’s destructive, ultra-conservative hands off the levers of power. I understand your situation, and empathize with your feelings. Take a rest, but please come back once in a while to say hello.
We’ll see, I guess!
27/02/14, Well, here is some news of former PM Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard has told a global audience that the sexism she endured as prime minister, while taking a toll on her, will make it easier for the next woman who gets the job. But she also said that sexist attitudes to women leaders were not just ”something Australian” but that ”many of the things that happened to me as prime minister happened to other women leaders”.
Steven, 02//08/13, What on earth is a “pome”? There is no such word. I think that if you want to write a POEM, you should first learn how to spell the word.
Patriciawa, If you look above you’ll see an explanation for that odd spelling for the ‘pomes’ or funny verses I write about politicians. It’s satire and generally the name is understood by people who like to read these semi-humorous, or wry observations on current political issues. You can also see from the the acknowledgement on every page here that the National Library is storing this blog in its archives. So everyone does accept that the ‘pomes’ are very different from proper poems, as I’ve repeated again when more recently I have begun trying to write Proper Poetry.
gigilene, 02/08/13, patriciawa, Julia Gillard has left a strong mark. Deep down I still consider her to be our PM. The other one is illegitimate as he was placed there by the media, the Coalition and some Labor traitors. KR will need to surpass himself to earn my forgiveness and respect. Which should be relatively easy to achieve providing the entire team continues to toe the line, the media becomes more compliant, and the LOTO continues his metooism. All these factors were non-existant with PMJG.
Patriciawa 03/02/16 Still more great postings of articles and comments about Julia who still greatly missed amongst we lefties writing out there in the blogosphere. This about FPMJG is crying out for a new pome, I think.
Patriciawa 02/03/2017 Thanks to David Foote for another great image of Julia!http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/national/never-before-seen-government-photos-by-david-foote-20170301-guo6ii.html