Stefanie Bennett has published several volumes of poetry & worked with Arts
Action for Peace. Of mixed ancestry [Italian/Irish/Paugussett-
was born in North Queensland, Australia.
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
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)