Poem

Maxine Beneba Clarke
Eulogy

the upholstery that adorns

the lower house

 

                 they called silver-eucalypt green

 

and when all’s razed to ash

after fire season

 

 

                 the heat

 

 

cracks open the seed

 

 

                 and so funeral-suited

before the house of windsor knots

 

                         bare scalp sweating,

pathologically still

 

                 frydenberg says

back in the black

without raising taxes

 

and the blue-suited hear, hears

                                                                     begin

 

 

the palette, hopeful

for the lower house

 

                              they chose dusky,

a myrtaceae green

 

 

when all’s razed to ash

after fire season

 

 

                              a eulogy’s

                              all that there is

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of The Hate Race and Foreign Soil. She is a winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.

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