North Island; Artisan * by Stefanie Bennett

The bone carver works
At the heart
Of the matter.
Weds mortal
To its other-half with
As lean
As acquired logic.

Some dream-polisher.
The calm dexterousness
Of race-formed
Aeons before
That horded

Not for him the near Gods,
Haka, or reptilian
Myth. Just
White cloud strung
Osmotic gravity
That grows
Within his fingertips…

A rare gift. Blood
On the tourist dollar.

{*North Island = New Zealand}

Stephanie Bennett
Stefanie Bennett has published several books of poetry, a novel & a libretto… tutored at The Institute of Modern Languages & worked with Arts Action for Peace. Of mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Queensland, Australia. Her latest poetry title with Walleah Press is “The Vanishing”.

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