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 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.

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