My fellow western men, we must tell our stories: when we are silent, we die.
We have as much right to #metoo as women do.
This poem is my story of unresolved PTSD induced by police state practices in Australia in 2016:
GEOFF FORKS DAY
(#metoo for men too)
Remember. Remember. This 5th of November,
I remember childhood, when Stranger Danger
hadn’t been invented: the streets were free.
I remember Repat: nursing with the diggers
then Brisbane midwifery: in being with women
twenty eight years I had felt free.
I remember Morotai, Douglas MacArthur’s waterhole,
where I am proud to see my dad look good,
but Maribyrnong took me down:
was that cos I was free?
I remember these 28 months
of too much wanting to die:
can men like me be free
with women now?
Or has hatred
grown too strong
@ us too?
Geoff Fox, 5th of November, 2018, Australia.
- I studied General Nursing at Heidelberg Repatriation hospital where there were many war veterans (diggers in Aussie parlance) and followed up with midwifery in Brisbane. The Old English word “wyf” meant “woman” and the “mid” syllable means “with”. Think of the modern German word “mit” meaning “with”. A midwife now is someone who is with women in pregnancy, birth and breast feeding.
- I have created an art display at General Douglas MacArthur’s waterhole in Morotai in Indonesia. My Dad was in Morotai in WW2. His image is now part of the sacerd heart of this grassroots art display. It means a lot to me. I wanted to share and replicate my Morotai achievements in Maribyrnong. I was arrested by the police.