When I say

Your words are like needles,

Pricking every fibre of my humanity,

Threatening to go deeper every time.


When you notice

You’re on the verge of violence.

Names hurt worse than sticks and stones

So don’t pretend that they go over my head.


When you realise

What you’re doing does not help me.

All it does is further stigmas,

Files me to the side

Of what you think is normal.


Is it really that hard?

Does your right to use your voice

Trump my right to be alive?

You have your power – now use it for good.


Before it’s too late.

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Woroni, Woroni Radio and Woroni TV are created, edited, published, printed and distributed. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. We acknowledge that the name Woroni was taken from the Wadi Wadi Nation without permission, and we are striving to do better for future reconciliation.