Friday, December 18, 2015

Stefanie Bennett- A Poem

Stefanie Bennett has published several books of poetry & has poems appear in
Shot Glass Journal, The Provo Canyon Review, Snow Monkey, Dead Snakes,
Ink, Sweat & Tears, Pyrokinection, Galway Review, The Camel Saloon & others.
Of mixed ancestry [Italian/Irish/Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Queens-
land, Australia. Stefanie’s latest poetry book “The Vanishing” was published by
Walleah Press [2015] & is available from Walleah, Amazon & Fishpond...
And I will love you because
The world never did.
And I will cloak you in syllables
To keep inquiring eyes at bay.
And I will cover our footprints
So daringly
That no-one will ask
                     Ever again
For a sequel to love and loveliness.
And you will love me because
The world never did.
Because the gentleness of fortitude
Is a hard act to follow.
And we will scrape up
Our worldly ruins
To begin building this hectare
                           Of the heart
Cupped between the planet’s breast.
Know that the quiet
Will be
As fragile
As your face.
And the melody – clear
As a single
Across the idioms
Of free space.
In a land where
No wall stands,
We will meet and set
Our lives to the order
Of simple things:
We will love because
The world never did...
And give back what was
Never taken
When the time comes.
[following the painting by Charles
Billich. Poem 1st published in
Overland Quarterly Magazine]

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