Saturday, May 28, 2016

Stefanie Bennett- A Poem

Stefanie Bennett has published several volumes of poetry, a libretto, and a novel – and
her poems appear with The Provo Canyon Review, High Coupe, Illya’s Honey, Snow
Monkey, Shot Glass Journal, Mad Swirl, Carcinogenic Poetry, and others. Of mixed
ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Queensland, Australia.
Stefanie’s latest poetry title is “The Vanishing” published by Walleah Press 2015
Wild fruits fall once again
And time passes its orcharding.
Leaves, their shapes like hieroglyphs,
Make little of the future.
Where is the Golden Child; the one
Who inherited my uppermost branches?
Who swayed and sang
As only innocence can?
Perhaps he’s grown past recall.
Past the old vibrancy
Of a lover’s gaze. Stepped out; over
Grief’s cleft and into another...
Utterances from a distant star.
They’re shooting hearts
Into the frost of space!
It’s no more than a rumour:
Something to
                     Taunt emotion...
Lead it away
         From the self without self...
A horizontal shriek and gash
Streak across
This horizon!
It is not my kin... it is
Not my valuable. He lies
Beneath the pressed foliage.
The brown earth.
The departing seasons.

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