Lining the docks in the fifties, awaiting,
Going to work, in a new land, Australia,
Thinking about the old land with nostalgia,
Yearning for new, spurning the old, migrating.
Citizenship after one year’s residing,
Warmth heals ailments, as health improved they blossomed.
The Gibbs and Gillard gaped as wide-eyed possums
And dreamt of singing or about presiding.
The scheme was extended to other countries
Like Malta, Netherlands, Italy, Turkey,
‘Please stay for two years or refund the money’.
Make the most of the time, all it embodies.
Going to work in a new land, Australia.
Boomerang Poms return with much nostalgia.
Polly Robinson © 2012