Measure by Stefanie Bennett

I am not a silent poet

After [United Nations] “Rights of the Child” October 2017  (Stefanie Bennett)
..
….
I thought him shallow
Until he bent
To kiss the ground   *
… This Dosha
“With the trouble”
Emblazoned
On his chest.
Lilacs flared – and
A sparrow
Held her wing at
Half-mast.
               “Sinhala,’
He hissed: the larynx
A dirge
Born of sand.
Repeat Sri Lanka,
And weep.
 ..
[*Dosha = Ritual Healer / Buddhists kiss
the ground with their feet]
..
 
Of mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] Stefanie Bennett
has published several books of poetry & worked with Arts Action For
Peace. She was born in Qld., Australia in 1945.

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