Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stefanie Bennett- A Poem


Stefanie Bennett has published several volumes of poetry & worked with Arts
Action for Peace. Of mixed ancestry [Italian/Irish/Paugussett-Shawnee] she
was born in North Queensland, Australia.
 
 
 
THE BRANCH      
 
How to address the hollowness
That looks out
From an old friend’s eyes?
 
Much is demanded of the observer
- Far more than the one
Salvaging the desire.
 
Affiliations are catching. Just search
Your pockets; you’ll find
                                     Smoke
But – there’ll be no fire!
 
Most of us are in this state
Of rehabilitation, constantly
Meeting another’s danse macabre...
 
People of the earth – there is
A conspiracy to keep us
Leaning away from ourselves:
 
Believe in the universal petition. Learn
To look into a cripple’s eyes
And say... I know you!
 
 
 
(‘The Branch’ appears in “First Refuge” Poems
on Social Justice Anthology, Ginninderra Press)
 
 

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