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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 32, No. 19. August 6, 1969

Open Letter

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Open Letter

Remember us
'he agony we showed we felt
is hundreds of us stood before you
your your blindness matched alone by ours
and think we were your countrymen
your people

Remember us
that we took the only action left
all others having been denied by you
who believed our sympathies treasonable
perhaps reflecting on the way of things
of power

Remember us
our fears disguised by the angry shout
the crystal of emotion unmarked by you
that violence is alien to the merest being
but frustration will tear and close new ranks
or kill

Remember us
when you have reinstated your position
its downfall heralded by those before you
those of us unafraid of falling there
knowing if your kind was immortal
ours was too

—Rhys Pasley

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Centre Design: Stephanie Du Fresne

Photo: Murray Vickers

Photo: Murray Vickers