Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stefanie Bennett- Three Poems

BLANKS ‘from the other world’ for Duda    
Suppose the sassafras spreads its leafage
As far as the far-off ‘danger man’
Nodding at symbolic warheads –,
Suppose the dispirited mountain woodchuck
Turns her back
On the Wojak land of legend –,
And suppose the fortune-telling chickadee
Refuses to whistle
“Abide With Me”
... The cryptic tempest flower
Wouldn’t bear too well,
No sir!
[Duda =Grandmother]
What must word-play
Do with
The object
That doesn’t exist!
Revisit the flaw
             ‘The looking-
Glass war’
Says Alice...
Just like Nasa’s Mariner – and
Any other
Escape artist,
I mull over
The maze of words,
Pictographs inscribed
On the eyelids
Of White Thunder
And pockets
                   Of rain
The Dust Devil
Not open...
In the Canyon de Chelly –,
In the sackcloth of silence –,
In the contracting talons
Of Mercury’s
Dark Star
‘The Tempest’,
Minders’ Keepers
Each way:
... That-a-way.
Stefanie Bennett has published several volumes of poetry and had poems appear with
Mad Swirl, The Camel Saloon, Illya’s Honey, Jelly-fish Whispers, Shot Glass Journal,
Boston Poetry Magazine and others. She has acted as a publishing editor and worked
with Arts Action for Peace. Of mixed ancestry [Italian/Irish/Paugussett-Shawnee] she
was born in North Queensland, Australia, in 1945.

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