The plantations plants swayed in the light,
Where black men hoed and toiled,
From dawn, till dusk brought the night,
'Twas then the billy boiled.

The boss man came to fetch a new,
Young Lubra from the mob,
Whom he would rape or just subdue,
And pay the tribe ten bob.

They worked for months with no pay,
And begged oft for a quid,
They got ten bob for Lubra's hey?
But not for the work they did!

©Copyright May 7, 2003 by Colin F. Jones

*Billy" - can in which Tea was brewed over an open fire
*Lubra" - an Aboriginal woman
*Ten Bob" - 10 shillings sterling
*Quid" - one pound sterling

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