[Editor: A poem by Mary Gilmore, written during the Second World War, 12 May 1942.]
I have grown past hate and bitterness,
I see the world as one;
But though I can no longer hate,
My son is still my son.
All men at God’s round table sit,
And all men must be fed;
But this loaf in my hand,
This loaf is my son’s bread.
“The Collected Verse of Mary Gilmore, Volume 2, 1930-1962 edited by Jennifer Strauss” [PDF; text version here] [a review of The Collected Verse of Mary Gilmore, Volume 2, 1930-1962]
This poem has been read into the Hansard record in the Australian parliament and the New South Wales parliament:
“Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 1996: Second Reading”, Parliament of Australia, Thursday, 19 June 1997, page 5819 [read by Graeme Campbell, Member of the House of Representatives, representing Kalgoorlie, WA]
“Full Day Hansard Transcript (Legislative Council, Corrected Copy)”, Parliament of New South Wales, Thursday 31 August 2000 [also in the shorter record “Bingara Orange Festival”, page 8585] [read by Jennifer Gardiner, Member of the NSW Legislative Council]