Tryst by Stefanie Bennett

The longhouse is like most others: elongated
And meant for rustic living.

Waup,* whose ancestors stretch 15 generations
Plus, busily skillets flat corn-bread

Half mixed with maple syrup and mustard-ginger.
The rest will accompany chilli pinto.

Beneath stern-eyed tin plated portraits, newspapers
Sub-titled ‘noble savages’

Habitual Clan Mothers gather and discuss
A country’s war profiteering.

The day rolls over into antiquity. Vigorously…
Survival re-invents itself.

(*Waup Athoo Kwey = White Fawn – & thinking about
Standing Rock’s Dakota Sioux ‘environmental crisis’)

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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