Maxine Beneba Clarke


                  all across the mourning fog



dark winter has descended



birds flee to warmth

from branches, gnarled


and hope

                   drifts on the wind


crisp leaves


               once crumbling



lie sodden, in the mud



how bleak the world


both seems,

                             and is


cold, settling


                              in the bones

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.

Sharing credit ×

Share this article, without restrictions.

You’ve shared all of your credits for this month. They will refresh on June 1. If you would like to share more, you can buy a gift subscription for a friend.