TASK: Write a short creative piece of poetry or prose that reflects your own feelings about an event, such as the Appin Massacre.
It was in the newspapers that I first heard about the Appin Massacre. I had read about what had happened and the papers rustled and crinkled in my hands as I scrunched them up in anger and hate. I felt all the blood rush to my head as I scrunched up the paper in my hands so tight because I just couldn’t believe what I was reading. I felt my cheeks heat up and I felt as if my ears had steam coming out of my ears. I looked down at my tightly-clenched hands and saw they were as white as snow and could also feel my nails starting to dig into my skin, as if they were starting to make marks. I could also feel a strange feeling inside, twisting my heart and I couldn’t quite put my finger on what this unknown feeling was. Then the light bulb came on – it was disgust. It was disbelief. It was disgust to my own race, my people, it was disbelief that I couldn’t believe that it had happened, that one human had ordered other humans to execute a whole other bunch of humans. I don’t think had ever felt these feelings towards anyone ever before and this execution was like a huge slap in the face, as I read about just how much damage could be done to human beings by other human beings – by human nature.