Stefanie Bennett – Two Poems

???????????????????????????????Stefanie Bennett has published eighteen books of poetry. Over 40 years she has acted as a publishing editor, tutored in The Institute of Modern languages at James Cook University and worked with Arts Action for Peace. Of mixed ancestry (Italian, Irish, Paugussette-Shawnee) she was born in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. Stefanie’s latest poetry title, ‘The Vanishing’, is to appear at year’s end. Publisher – Walleah Press.
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EULOGY: SLEEP

for M.C.

The birds, the stones,
Habitat for
An arpeggio
Jack-knifed
To the wind’s girth –

Seesawing the plain,
Your apparition
Pressed into
The red-brown grasses
Rises wherever

Love’s inventory goes;
The engendered
Violet’s
Villanelle bled
By fathoms, five

– And the last
Pre-eminent sun
Going down.

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DEAR READER

In pursuit of the common touch
They wanted to know if
I’d stake
My life on it…

Vive la difference!

What I’m most curious of, is…
Would they, then
Raise
Defiant fists
If I didn’t?

Stefanie Bennett

 

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