Poem

Maxine Beneba Clarke
The Changemakers

the pollsters are gleeful

        saying

                abbott’s time has come

 

 

things, they are about to change

around warringah way

 

 

cause 28

has finally

had his run

 

and we, the people

        better all believe

 

a new breeze

blows across middle harbour

 

cutting down

        along the spit bridge

 

                all hail the changemakers

of mosman, cremorne

and beauty point

 

they say the revolution will be born

where freshwater

         shirtfronts manly beach, they say

 

the revolution will march

through queenscliff

 

the polls have forecast

 

a cool change

        will bracket-creep

across the northern beaches, and

 

                progress is gonna come

 

from the great whitehouse-scandal seat

where household incomes double-out

the national median

 

listen here

don’t you know

 

         the abbott heartland

        is poised to speak

 

let us all hear from

the changemakers

 

who, for decades,

gifted him

 

 

                       to we, the people

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