Maxine Beneba Clarke

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




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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