December 3, 2016

Three Poems by Stefanie Bennett: "The Rose Window," "Forger,' and "Lucidity"

Stefanie Bennett has published several books of poetry and had poems appear in Dead Snakes, The Fib Review, IS&T, The Galway Review, Snow Monkey, Shot Glass Journal, Communion, Snorkel, and others. Of mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Queensland, Australia. Stefanie’s latest collection “The Vanishing” is published by Walleah Press and available from Walleah and Amazon.

The Rose Window

... Do I abdicate? My year’s breath
Shortens and sight’s
Less detailed. But, I can
Still make sense of short-wave
Variations – it’s just
The pronunciation that’s altered.

Once, aspiration’s reverence could
Be drawn from
The immense tautology
Of the bookshelf, Here – the Logos!
There – the halcyon
Cloud and I...

A wistful intermediary mouthing
Incantations to
The day-breaking moon. Yet,
Circuit-breakers can be found
Where molten
Brevity begins while

The reeded pool turned holograph
Welcomes a pale
Star-twinning theme.
“And age,” said Han-Shan (off-side
Of life and time)
“Is comfortless.”


I have created this silence
As a poem
For all those
Who have
But a poem
          And silence.


Look, the marigold (quite rightly)
Seized the doorpost’s
Seasonal tenure
No chameleon

Next, the centipede – as soon
As it learned
To walk
And talk
With salubrious giants

Understood, how amid
An enriched
Peat propagation,

The Odyssey.

('First published in "The Vanishing" by
Famous Reporter, Walleah Press.)

© Stefanie Bennett

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