I get a fright in the night
when I hear the trains go by
It is because they are carrying bodies
carrying bodies, bodies of trees
they are murdering in the night
and in the day,
our trees, our spirits
the death trains rattle by.
Laurene Kelly has worked with abused children and women in refuges for many years and now works part time as a carer of children. She is the author of a trilogy of novels, I Started Crying Monday, The Crowded Beach and Still Waving. Her books are widely read in secondary schools.
From: Australia for Women
Eds. Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein